Corps of Engineers joins Fort Detrick and Frederick officials for key ribbon cutting event
In a unique two-for-one deal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, representatives joined Fort Detrick and Frederick officials to cut the ribbon on two recently completed, key projects.
Baltimore District and partners start constructing oyster reefs in the Tred Avon River, just as restoration on 370 acres wraps up in Harris Creek
These efforts are part of the Maryland statewide oyster restoration program that identifies tributaries in the Chesapeake Bay for restoration.
The STURGIS, a former World War II Liberty Ship, was converted into the first floating nuclear power plant in the 1960s. Before being shutdown in 1976, the STURGIS’ nuclear reactor, MH-1A, was used to generate electricity for military and civilian use in the Panama Canal. It is important to note that the MH-1A reactor has no nuclear fuel or special nuclear material. The reactor was de-fueled, decontaminated for long-term storage, and sealed before being towed to the James River Reserve Fleet at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Virginia; where it has been stored and maintained since 1978, except for times of periodic dry dock maintenance. 

The Corps of Engineers plans to decommission the STURGIS in Galveston and anticipates that the STURGIS will be in the Port of Galveston for 14 – 18 months. As part of the decommissioning process, the various waste streams on the STURGIS will be segregated and will be sent to an appropriate facility for recycling or disposal as either a radioactive or hazardous waste. Some specific wastes streams may include asbestos, lead based paints, elemental lead used for shielding and radioactive materials. After the decommissioning is complete and all radioactive materials are removed, the remaining portions of the STURGIS will be dismantled so they can be disposed of or recycled as scrap using standard ship breaking methods.  The entire project will take approximately four years.
STURGIS arrives in Galveston, Texas
The STURGIS safely arrived at the Port of Galveston on April 30. The trip from Virginia went very well, but it went faster than originally expected.
Dredging and Munitions and Explosives of Concern Awareness
Due to past coastal protection measures during wartime and training by the U.S. military, the ocean floor contains old military munitions, which have been long buried by the shifting sands, and become uncovered by dredging operations. Take a look at this video that details how the Corps of Engineers reduces this public risk.
GIS - much more than maps!
GIS is a pivotal tool that helps depict important information and aids in critical decision making. It can also potentially save lives.

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