This spring brings "new life" to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) says farewell to retiring Program Manager Gary O'Keefe and welcomes the new Interim Program Manager Dave Romano. Romano brings 13 years of USACE Civil Works and Planning experience to the GLMRIS Team .
"The Corps expects to see continued success under the leadership of Mr. Romano, as he manages activities with officials across multiple Federal agencies, state and local governments and multiple non-governmental organizations devoted to preventing the migration of ANS between the two major watersheds," said Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander.
Romano is temporarily leaving his position as the Chief of Planning in the Buffalo District to take on this interim role until a permanent replacement has been hired.
"Romano brings expertise in planning and policy, which will be extremely helpful for a study of this complexity, especially in dealing with National Environmental Policy Act matters and plan formulation, and has led prior expansive environmental programs with great success," said O'Keefe. "With my retirement, I also wanted to express my appreciation for the quality work and dedication the team has put into this study; they are among the best I have had the opportunity to work with."
Romano recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan as Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management and was responsible for the direction and supervision of the entire District program in support of all Afghan National Security Forces.
"We are extremely fortunate to have another great leader take the helm on this multi-region study effort," said Burcham.
"As we move through this transition period in program management, the team's focus remains unchanged; our mission is to evaluate the most effective alternatives to prevent ANS transfer while keeping stakeholders engaged throughout the process. We look forward to the continued release of quality products to inform the best long-term solution for Great Lakes and Mississippi River communities," said Chicago Area Waterway System Project Manager Dave Wethington.