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USACE Award Given To FWS Employee
Southwest Region, June 10, 2005
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In the military, Commanders have different ways in which to show their appreciation for a job well done. One of those is by presenting individuals or teams with a 'coin' of appreciation. With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Castle Coin is one of those coins.

As a member of the Pipeline Construction PDT, Moni Belton, a biologist for the Clear Lake Ecological Services Field Office in Houston, TX, received a Castle Coin from the Galveston District, District Engineer on June, 10, 2005.

The citation read: The Regulatory Branch established a Project Development Team (PDT) resulting from a request from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to consider more stringent environmental safeguards and after construction restoration of certain pipeline construction activities through addition of permit conditions. The USFWS considered the issue a candidate for policy referral to headquarters if not resolved at our level. After thorough consideration, we established a set of conditions to be added to certain pipeline permits, and notified the USFWS on February 28, 2005. As a result the USFWS did not refer the issue and additional safeguards were implemented.

As a result of her work, these new permit safeguards were implemented for the entire Galveston Corps District and not just the upper Texas coast.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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