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Deerwood resident receives Corps of Engineers’ Climate Champion Award

Published Aug. 10, 2018

Chanel MuellerST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently selected Deerwood, Minn., resident and St. Paul District employee Chanel Mueller as recipient of the Corps Climate Champion Award.

This award recognizes exceptional individuals that play a significant role in developing methods, tools and technical guidance to facilitate climate preparedness and resilience. Mueller received this award for her work writing a Corps-wide hydrologic technical manual, creating standard templates for incorporation of climate change impacts into hydrologic analyses and facilitating training seminars on the subject.

“Chanel’s technical expertise and outstanding leadership have contributed to greater understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities and to the development of new guidance to support climate change adaptation planning and implementation,” said Mike Knoff, hydraulics and hydrology branch chief and Mueller’s supervisor.

Mueller is a hydraulic engineer and has been with the St. Paul District since 2009. Her role with the Corps involves hydrologic modeling, statistical hydrology and water quality projects. She is a certified agency technical review reviewer for the Hydrology, Hydraulics and Coastal community of practice and the Climate Preparedness and Resilience community of practice. Mueller is also a member of the International Joint Commission International Water Initiatives Climate Adaptation Working Group.

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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