Mar 12, 2019

Gredell Engineering Corecipient of the 25th Annual Carl V. Anderson Conservation Engineering Project Award

Natalie Little presents the Carl V. Anderson Engineering Project Award to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc.  (Pictured from left to right; Natalie Little, 2017-18 ACE President; Bill Scheperle, MDC; Justin Fessler, MDC; and Travis Doll, Gredell Engineering)

2018 was the 25th year for the Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Awards.  The award was named after member Carl V. Anderson who worked in the years before his passing developing the idea of the award competition.  Carl joined ACE in 1977 and was president in 1996-1997.  Awarded annually, the Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Awards recognize ACE members for outstanding projects in conservation engineering.  The purpose of the awarded competition is to give recognition to those members, consultants and/or their departments whose work, as judged by their peers and associates, best exhibits the goals and objectives of the Association of Conservation Engineers.  Submitted projects are excellent examples of engineering, maintaining, and improving access and enjoyment of the natural world.  Any governmental or non-governmental agency or owner, or its selected consultant, engaged in fields of recreation, wildlife preservation, tourism and/or conservation and restoration of the natural and historic environment who is a member or has completed an application for ACE membership, is eligible for this awards program.  At the Norman, Oklahoma ACE Conference, the Award of Merit was presented to the Missouri Department of Conservation along with GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc. and Bartlett and West Engineers for the Busch Memorial Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.  The range is located at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in Defiance, Missouri.  During Phase I of the project, approximately 80,000 pounds of lead shot and bullet fragments were collected and recycled.  This phase included the demolition and disposal of the old range; site clearing; site grading for the new facility; installation of site drainage features; collection of lead materials for recycling; collection of lead-impacted soil; soil treatments to reduce the mobility of lead; placement of lead impacted soils within the new trap and skeet fall zone; excavation and disposal of clay target debris; and bringing utilities to the site.  The shot fall zones for the new range were graded and cleared for proper shot management and future recycling efforts.  Twenty-two acres of site clearing and a stream encapsulation was required to prepare the old range site for new range construction.  The new range design incorporates features such as bullet traps, no-blue sky overhead baffle coverage, site drainage systems, stormwater detention to prevent lead migration, and shot fall zones that allow for lead projectile collection and recycling.  Although the new facility design focused on safety and environmental stewardship, the final objective was to provide an efficient, user-friendly range.  The facility supports programs that promote conservation and hunter safety through hunter safety training and by promoting outdoor sporting activities.  The new range and outdoor education facility allow citizens in Missouri to be engaged with nature and to support Missouri’s outdoor conservation heritage.

(Republished from the January 2019 ACE Resources Newsletter http://www.conservationengineers.org/downloads/Newsletters/ACEJan_19.pdf )

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