NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 3, 2014) – Robert “Bob” Sneed, Chief of the Water Management Section, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Engineering and Construction Division, is the Employee of the Month for April 2014.
Sneed is being recognized for his exceptional support to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities educating young students in the region, his significant contributions in which he provided critical support to the District’s coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on mitigation of potential impacts to an endangered species posed by returning Wolf Creek Dam to historical operations and his excellent work in preparing data used for assessment of the Duskytail Darter.
Sneeds work with the duskytail darter included preparation and analysis of the reservoir data for Lake Cumberland that was used in the Corps’ Biological Assessment of potential impacts to the duskytail darter, and in the formulation of conservation measures to reduce those impacts.
Sneed who has 35 years of federal service, said he loves working in Water Management with a group that feels like family and he also enjoys giving back to the community by working with elementary, high school and college STEM students.
“I am grateful and feel honored to receive this award but, also know it is a team effort of folks that I have the pleasure of working with and enjoy being around,” said Sneed.
Sneed worked many long hours, including weekends, evaluating the water management operations required to execute the proposed conservation measures and ensuring that they would have no significant effect on the District’s ability to provide flood risk management and hydropower benefits for the region.
“Bob’s is an expert in this field and his work is respected recognized by his peers,” said Benjamin Rohrbach, chief of the Nashville District’s Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch.
“He is an excellent human being and sets the tone for the team,” said Rohrbach.
“He deserves this award and to be recognized for his outstanding talents and contributions, added Rohrbach.”
Sneeds efforts were instrumental in finalizing the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion allowing Lake Cumberland to finally be raised to full pool after seven years of restricted operations.
Randy Kerr, a hydraulic engineer in the Water Management section, added that he is happy to work for Sneed and one of the reasons he is in his current position at the Nashville District is to work with Sneed.
“Bob is just a great guy and his work speaks for itself,” said Kerr. “His experience in this job makes him an expert who knows what’s going on and he respects his employees,” said Kerr.
In addition to Sneed’s work supporting the District, throughout the year he volunteered both on and off-duty hours teaching students at area elementary, middle and high schools about water management and he is always willing to provide exceptional support to STEM activities educating young students in the region. He spent the day with students from Stratford High School, on a tour of Old Hickory Lock and Dam, teaching them about the Corps’ water management mission and the importance of water quality in the Cumberland River Basin. He participated in a World Water Day event that the Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts hosted at their Camp Sycamore Hills facility near Ashland City, where he discussed how the Corps operates multiple purpose projects to provide benefits in many areas.
He is also instrumental in the Stratford High School Externship program where teachers spend a week in the summer experiencing hands on application of science and technology to apply it in the class room. The Nashville District recently won "The Academies of Nashville Awards Externship of the Year Award", much in part to the efforts of Bob Sneed.
Sneed said that he is humbled by his selection as employee of the month and enjoys his work.
““I like to think to think that every day that I come to work, I make a difference,” said Sneed. “So that’s what kind of drives me.”
In his off-duty hours, Sneed said he enjoys spending time with his family, working on his farm and fishing.
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