Corps of Engineers water resources class learns from Trinity River watershed case studies in Dallas-Fort Worth

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
Published Aug. 23, 2012

DALLAS -- Members’ of this year’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Associates Program toured three Dallas-Fort Worth projects Aug. 23 during its weeklong session held in the Fort Worth District. The program offers an advanced training opportunity, for about a dozen competitively selected students from all over the Corps, on water resources planning.

The program broadens planners' competencies in solving complex water resources problems and challenges, and strengthens their leadership talents. The curriculum is rich in team building, leadership training, experiential training in the Corps' Civil Works business functions, case studies, individual and group projects, instructional training and experiences, and many networking opportunities with leaders from the public and private sectors.

The Planning Associates Program is targeted to journeyman-level professionals in the field of water resources, which is generally at the GS-11 and GS-12 level of federal service. The program consists of about 20 weeks of rigorous training scheduled in one- to three-week blocks. During the week of Aug. 20-24, the class was in the Fort Worth District for the program's Watershed course. This session focused on watershed history, policy, measures, and formulation and evaluation analyses and procedures from an intergovernmental perspective. Experiential training included assignments in technical analyses, formulation, evaluation, report writing as well as study and project site visits.

This year's class visited the Trinity River Vision Project office in Fort Worth, toured the site of the Johnson Creek Project in Arlington and the Dallas Floodway and Dallas Floodway Extension Projects.