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This profile was last updated on 11/16/11  and contains information from public web pages.

EMP-CC Member

Phone: (651) ***-****  HQ Phone
Upper Mississippi River Basin Association
415 Hamm Building 408 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
United States

Company Description: The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) was formed in 1981 as a successor to the former federally authorized Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission....   more
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Employment History

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Other EMP-CC representatives present were ...
www.umrba.org, 16 Nov 2011 [cached]
Other EMP-CC representatives present were Charles Barton (USACE), Mike Jawson (USGS), Dan Stephenson (IL DNR) on behalf of Rick Mollahan, Kirk Hanson (IA DNR) on behalf of Diane Ford, Tim Schlagenhaft (MN DNR), Janet Sternburg (MO DoC), and Jim Fischer (WI DNR).
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Charles Barton urged that USEPA be invited to participate on the review group, noting the importance of being inclusive to all program partners.
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Charles Barton said he will work with USACE planning staff to explore options for streamlining small projects.
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Barton suggested that partners initiate planning at least six months in advance of the meeting to provide sufficient time for coordinating with the state agency leaders.
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Barton replied that it would not, distinguishing between conservation measures like controlled burns and active restoration measures.
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In response to a comment from Plumley, Barton said all real estate interests must be acquired from willing sellers, noting that eminent domain is not an option under UMRR-EMP.
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Charles Barton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MVD
5-10-10 EMP-CC Minutes
www.umrba.org, 20 May 2010 [cached]
Other EMP-CC representatives present were Charles Barton (USACE), Mike Jawson (USGS), Rick Mollahan (IL DNR), Bernie Hoyer (IA DNR), Kevin Stauffer (MN DNR), Janet Sternburg (MO DoC), Jim Fischer (WI DNR), and Bill Franz (US EPA).
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Charles Barton agreed that the ad hoc group should draft separate charters for the two bodies, and suggested that the group consider expanding its composition to include another EMP-CC representative in addition to the two members already serving on the group. He also observed that there will be sufficient preparation time in the event of a future transition and advised the ad hoc group to focus on EMP's current needs.
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Charles Barton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MVD
February 24, 2010 EMP-CC Quarterly Meeting Minutes
www.umrba.org, 24 Feb 2010 [cached]
Charles Barton of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called the meeting to order at 8:07 a.m. on February 24, 2010.
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Charles Barton stressed the distinction between questions of authority verses questions of policy. Congress, of course, is the forum for pursuing authorization changes, said Barton. On questions of policy, he emphasized MVD's willingness to work with partners to seek necessary clarifications and sound changes. He reiterated Ivy's earlier statement that project fact sheet submissions are the best mechanisms for exploring policy questions. He added that asking for policy changes in the abstract, absent a specific project proposal, rarely results in the desired outcome, explaining that the context and facts of specific projects are what enable decision makers to understand the implications of their policy decisions. Barton said Corps HQ makes most policy determinations of the type relevant to EMP, adding that ASA(CW)-level review is not typically required.
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Barton encouraged partners to take a progressive approach in working with EMP, noting that it is a fully functional restoration program with great potential.
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Barton said that the Corps cannot lobby Congress, and thus is limited in how it can address policy issues in the RTC.
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In response to a question from Gary Meden, Barton said 100 percent federal funding for projects below the OHWM is explicit in NESP's authorization, but has not been part of EMP.
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Given the NESP authority, Barton said it might be possible to successfully request a policy change extending this same authority to EMP.
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Charles Barton said Schlagenhaft's concerns regarding EMP's partnership approach are shared internally within the Corps. He emphasized that this project will not set a precedent, but rather is an exception to the rule for EMP.
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Barton said, if needed, MVP can request additional stimulus funds to complete planning.
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Charles Barton
EMP-CC 8-4-2010 quarterly meeting minutes
www.umrba.org, 4 Aug 2010 [cached]
Charles Barton of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called the meeting to order at 8:02 a.m. on August 4, 2010.
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Charles Barton expressed MVD's commitment to submitting the 2010 RTC to Corps Headquarters in December, but acknowledged that the report will not reach Congress by the end of this year.
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Charles Barton said the Corps will present more detailed information on these new internal and external review requirements and cost estimation procedures, including their implications for study time and cost, at the November 17 EMP-CC/NECC meeting.
In response to a question from Sternburg, Hubbell said he is not aware that any UMR Districts' models used in plan formulation have been identified to require significant changes. However, he said the Corps is now required to provide more detailed documentation on the models.
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In response to a question from Jim Fischer, Barton clarified that the new requirements apply to all Corps construction projects, including all planning, engineering, and operation and maintenance products.
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In response to a request by Kevin Foerster, Hubbell said Corps staff will compile and distribute a comprehensive membership list of the various UMRS technical and management teams, product delivery teams, etc. In response to a suggestion by Barry Johnson, Charles Barton said the Corps will provide this contact list on its website.
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Charles Barton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MVD
Minutes of the
www.umrba.org, 18 Feb 2009 [cached]
Charles Barton of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called the meeting to order at
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Charles Barton announced that HQ has sent a draft list of allocations to divisions and districts, requesting that they confirm execution capabilities. Barton said HQ may release its stimulus allocations as early as next week.
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Barton cautioned it remains to be seen whether the Administration will actually allocate funds in excess of the annual authorization cap to any of the programs Conrad cited.
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Barton said any stimulus funds allocated to the EMP will be directed to specific projects, be they HREPs or LTRMP efforts, with no effort to achieve a particular proportion between the two major program elements.
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Barton said project repair funds are typically allocated through the flood control and coastal erosion program, and he did not know whether the program would receive any stimulus funding.
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Barton explained that the limiting language for the EMP is the House committee provision, which is interpreted as barring planning and design unless a fact sheet already was approved prior to FY 08 and restricting construction to those HREPs for which construction was initiated on some element prior to FY 08.
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Barton said that Corps staff are seeking an interpretation on that. He noted that the restriction was included at a time when the expectation was that the transition from EMP to NESP would happen promptly following authorization. Given that transition does not appear likely for at least the next couple of years, Barton said the impacts of the language on the EMP project pipeline need to be considered.
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Barton observed that there are many unanswered questions regarding implementation of the stimulus measure and said he hoped there would be clarity on some of these issues by the May quarterly meetings.
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Barton said that, in order for an effective transition to occur, there will need to be a period during which both programs are funded. Barton said that, ideally, a ramp-up for NESP would occur while EMP winds down, in order to create a smooth transition.
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Barton expressed hope that an FY 09 Omnibus Bill would be passed before the President's detailed budget is released.
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In response to a question from Tim Schlagenhaft, Charles Barton said that no decision has been made regarding a name change for NESP.
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Charles Barton cautioned partners against assuming that stimulus funds will be available for either LiDAR or bathymetry, stressing that this is by no means assured.
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Charles Barton
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