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Corps of Engineers recognizes Mendota Heights, Minn., resident

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published June 6, 2022
Updated: June 6, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District employee, Terry Zien, from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is one of four Civil Servant of the Year award recipients.

The St. Paul District presents this annual award to the top three or four of its 700 employees. Zien, a 34-year Corps of Engineers employee, serves as a senior program manager in the programs and project management division.

Selected as the Customer Service Award, Zien works with flood plain management services and the Silver Jackets Program, an interagency program intended to mitigate flood risk. Over the years, Zien has conducted dozens of emergency action plan workshops throughout the country. Through these efforts, he has promoted relationships between local, tribal and county government officials that create and improve local strategies for flood risk reduction activities.

“There are two things that really set Terry apart, his engineering knowledge of flood risk reduction and his incredible ability to build lasting relationships with our partners and stakeholders,” said Nathan Wallerstedt, St. Paul District project management branch chief and Zien’s supervisor. “Everyone knows Terry, and he is very knowledgeable resource in our line of work.”

Zien received the award at the 45th Annual Minnesota Federal Civil Servant of the Year awards banquet in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, May 3.

The St. Paul District office employs about 700 people in 41 field sites in five states, and has headquarters in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The Corps of Engineers serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response.


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