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Since 2009, more than 7,800 tons of contaminated soil polluted the remote location of Test Well No. 9 near Umiat, a historic oil exploratory base camp. The conditions are harsh with the site located more than 100 miles from the nearest road system in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. The winter elements consistently brought darkness, blizzards and temperatures 40 degrees below zero. When spring neared, traveling overland was threatened because the ice road began to melt and the Colville River rose. Wildlife encounters and grizzly bear dens also were a concern.
Cold Temperatures at Umiat Test Well No. 9
5/7/2015 7:28:00 PM
Since 2009, more than 7,800 tons of contaminated soil polluted the remote location of Test Well No. 9 near Umiat, a historic oil exploratory base camp. The conditions are harsh with the site located more than 100 miles from the nearest road system in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Operations at the site officially completed this year.
Umiat Test Well No. 9
5/7/2015 7:27:00 PM
Since 2009, more than 7,800 tons of contaminated soil polluted the remote location of Test Well No. 9 near Umiat, a historic oil exploratory base camp. The conditions are harsh with the site located more than 100 miles from the nearest road system in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Several long trains of snow-tracked machinery transported the material to the disposal staging area.
Umiat Test Well No. 9 Snowcat Train
5/7/2015 7:26:00 PM
Scooby, a boxer-breed dog, fell through thawing ice on the Eagle River April 18 near Anchorage leading her frantic owner to call for help. Luckily, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District employee Mike MacMillan, project manager in the Humanitarian Assistance Program, was home to answer the call from his neighbor in distress.
Scooby hanging on
4/29/2015 6:12:00 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District and Seoul American Middle School teamed up for the third consecutive year to hold a toothpick bridge design competition April 20. District engineers judged the students on best architectural design, strongest bridge, most efficient and the overall best toothpick bridge. The competition is part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Week held each year at the school.
STEM at Seoul American Middle School
4/21/2015 8:27:00 PM
Makapu’u Lighthouse was built by the Corps in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapu’u Beach in southeast Oahu. Makapu’u Point is an important location passed by all ships moving between Honolulu and the U.S. Mainland. The critical need for this light was demonstrated in August 1906 when the 27,000-ton S.S. Manchuria ran up on a reef off the point. Congress had already appropriated $60,000 for the light on October 1, 1909. The lens for this light was one of the wonders of the Pacific. Press clips of the time noted that the lens, which had been exhibited at the Jamestown Exposition, was one of the most expensive in the world. 

The lighthouse is 46-feet-tall (14 meters) and was fully automated in 1974.  It is still an active U.S. Coast Guard navigation aid in use today.
Honolulu District Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Founding
4/16/2015 8:38:00 PM
More than 40 volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with local JROTC students and others to clean up Waikiki Beach April 11 as part of Earth Month 2015. Over 20 volunteers from the Punahou Junior ROTC program (which includes cadets from other area high schools and some home-schooled students) joined over 20 Corps employees and their friends and families to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps' Pacific Regional Visitor Center (RVC) at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.
Corps of Engineers Partners with Punahou JROTC to Clean Up Waikiki Beach as Part of Earth Month 2015
4/15/2015 6:02:00 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District recently completed construction of a new Mechanized Materials Handling System (MMHS) as part of the Western Pacific Transportation Facility on Yokota Air Base, Japan. The MMHS, which supports the 730th Air Mobility Squadron, is one of only three fully-automated systems Department of Defense-wide (DOD), used to receive, house, sort, package, and ship cargo throughout the world.
Mechanized Materials Handling System opens at Yokota Air Base
4/15/2015 12:12:00 AM
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