Former Walla Walla District Chief of Engineering and Construction Division honored

Mark F. Lindgren, retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, chief of Engineering and Construction Division, received the District's highest employee award on Friday, June 29, at the District Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Photo)

Mark F. Lindgren, retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, chief of Engineering and Construction Division, received the District’s highest employee award on Friday, June 29, at the District Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Photo)

Mark F. Lindgren, retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, chief of Engineering and Construction Division, received the District’s highest employee award on Friday, June 29, at the District Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington.

Lindgren was inducted into the District’s Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees during an award ceremony to highlight employee contributions to the Corps. His photo and a narrative will be permanently displayed at the District’s headquarters building along with past-years’ inductees.

Lindgren began his 37-year-long federal-service career in 1976 as an engineer-in-training in the Walla Walla District’s Hydrology Branch. Lindgren quickly proved himself not only a skilled hydraulic engineer, but also an inspiring and effective leader. He served in many District leadership positions including project manager (study manager), chief of Hydraulic Design Section, chief of Hydrology Branch, chief of Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, and chief of Engineering and Construction Division. He was widely known throughout the Corps of Engineers for his expertise in hydrology, hydraulic design, and endangered species act fish passage, in addition to supporting projects in numerous Corps districts and labs.

Lindgren’s career with the Corps included many notable achievements. He was named Tri-Cities Engineer of the Year in 1994, and in 1997, he was named by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) as Federal Engineer of the Year.  He was a graduate of the District’s first Management Intern Program in 1990 and the Positional Leadership Development Program (LDP II) in 2005. Lindgren was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington since 1980.

He was instrumental in the development of numerous fish hatcheries and both adult and juvenile fish passage modifications to the dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Lindgren was a key contributor to a highly successful reorganization of

Columbia Basin Water Management that resulted in significant improvements to reservoir regulation. He was also instrumental in the ongoing study of the Columbia River Treaty, which will influence reservoir system operations for the next fifty years. He also served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Inland Waterways Navigation Committee. Lindgren retired from federal service in 2013.

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