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Latest News

Ongoing improvements for fish passage at Foster Dam to close road

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the road on top of Foster Dam, Sweet Home, Oregon, to remove a large crane, Dec. 4-29. During this time, Foster Dam Road will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. For a time, the Corps used the crane and elevator system, which was innovative for its time, for adult fish collection and passage over Foster Dam; however, the equipment wasn’t fully successful in moving fish above the dam in an efficient manner. Corps biologists concluded there were better options.

Corps hatchery operations respawn in 2017

Like a salmon swimming hundreds of miles to spawning grounds, Portland District has reached the end of a challenging year regarding fish production in Oregon. This year was the fifth and final year of a cooperative agreement with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage hatchery operations and provide fish production services in the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue river basins. F
7 days ago

Corps awards hatchery operations contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $6.2 million contract to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate and maintain the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, on the Columbia River. The firm-fixed contract is for one year, with two consecutive option years, if exercised, in-order-to produce fall Chinook to aid in mitigation obligations for The Dalles and John Day dams.
16 days ago

Corps seeks Willamette Valley reservoir storage reallocation study review

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s system of 13 dams and reservoirs in the Willamette River Basin’s primary purpose is flood risk management. However, Oregon residents benefit from reservoir water in a variety of other ways, including hydropower generation and recreation. The Corps is in the process of determining if a reallocation of water storage could grant municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation and fish and wildlife better access to the stored water.
16 days ago

Biologists Talk Halloween

Biologists from Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, discuss Halloween.
27 days ago
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Latest Public Notices

Corps hosts public meetings to discuss permit application process in Coquille, Ore.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, and participating state and federal agencies invite the public to learn about the permitting process, emerging regulatory issues and discuss prospective projects with potential applicants.
3 days ago

Corps seeks public comments on draft environmental assessment for expansion of Port Orford nearshore dredge placement site

The Corps is seeking public comments on the draft environmental assessment for the Port Orford operations and maintenance dredging and dredge material placement concerning the expansion of the nearshore dredge placement site. The nearshore placement site is currently an 800 by 800 feet dredge placement area south of the Port Orford breakwater. The site will double in size by extending the southern boundary by approximately 800 feet further south.
29 days ago

Corps seeks public comment on revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Mount St. Helens Long-Term Sediment Management Plan

The Corps is seeking public comments on the revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for our Mount St. Helens Long-Term Sediment Management Plan.
69 days ago

The Corps and Columbia River Ports jointly preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for The Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance Plan

Interested parties and tribes are hereby notified that the Portland District of the Corps and the Sponsor Ports are preparing a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for The Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance Plan (Plan) and are seeking public input during an extended scoping period, from September 8 through November 16, 2017.
76 days ago

Corps seeks comment on Port of Coos Bay's proposed channel modification project

The Corps intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential environmental effects of approving the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s proposed Coos Bay Channel Modification Project. The Port proposes to widen and deepen the Coos Bay Federal Navigation Project from the ocean to river mile 8.2 to improve navigation efficiency, reduce shipping transportation costs and facilitate the shipping industry’s transition to larger, more efficient vessels.
97 days ago
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Media Contacts

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