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Corps requests public help to find stolen kayaks

The Corps is requesting public help to find three missing kayaks, stolen from the Corps' Dexter Service Building below Lookout Dam in Lowell, Ore. Members of the public are encouraged to report any information they may have about the missing equipment to the Corps Watch National Hotline at 1-866-413-7970. Callers may remain anonymous.
18 hours ago

Balancing perspectives in the Willamette Valley

In the 1930's, people from Oakridge, Cottage Grove, Springfield, Eugene, Monroe, Albany, Salem and Portland were tired of flooding in the Willamette Valley. Oregonians demanded solutions to the frequent flooding, which severely impacted travel, accessibility to homes and businesses and damaged personal and public property. They convinced politicians to address the problem with infrastructure, and drove the authorization, funding and construction of the Willamette Valley system: 13 dams that mitigate flood damages by managing perennial flood risks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed this system from 1939-1969 and it has since provided immense benefits, especially with the valley’s continued, un-checked growth (by politicians, municipalities, developers, etc.) along the Willamette River.
6 days ago

Columbia-Snake winter navigation lock schedule begins Sept. 15

COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, Ore. & Wash. -- Beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, recreational boaters can lock past U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers almost any time during daylight hours, according to Corps navigation planners. Commercial vessels will have precedence, and recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial craft at the discretion of the lockmaster.
10 days ago

Honoring the Heroes of an Historic Sea Rescue

On Sept. 10, 1957, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge William T. Rossell received an award for a spotless two-year safety record. Hours later the Rossell was struck by a freighter. What followed was one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Coos Bay – the helicopter rescue of 15 sailors from the rapidly sinking vessel.
10 days ago

We … want … a shrubbery … or some volunteers to plant shrubberies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers who aren’t afraid of the “Knights who say Ni” or shrubberies (Monty Python reference) to help it celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 22.
13 days ago
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Please contact the Portland District Public Affairs Office at 503-808-4510 or cenwp-pa@usace.army.mil for general inquiries. For specific media opportunities or information related to one of our projects, program areas or locations, please contact the associated public affairs manager.

Tom Conning

Senior Public Affairs Specialist

Program Areas

  • Willamette Valley
  • Fish Programs
  • Emergency Management
  • Section 408 Permits
  • VA Medical Center Construction

Sarah Bennett

Public Affairs Specialist

Program Areas

  • Rogue River Basin
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Recreation
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Tribal Relationships

Karim Delgado

Public Affairs Specialist

Program Areas

  • Columbia River
  • Mount St. Helens
  • Willamette Falls Locks
  • Avian and Pinniped Predation
  • Flood Risk Management

Jeff Henon

Public Affairs Specialist

Program Areas

  • Oregon Coast
  • Channels and Harbors
  • Regulatory Permitting