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Ongoing improvements for fish passage at Foster Dam to close road

November 22, 2017
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

November 16, 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

Corps awards hatchery operations contract

November 7, 2017
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.

Corps seeks Willamette Valley reservoir storage reallocation study review

November 7, 2017
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.

Biologists Talk Halloween

October 27, 2017
Biologists from Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, discuss Halloween.

Public comments sought on proposal to expand Port Orford nearshore dredge placement area

October 26, 2017
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on our proposal to expand the nearshore dredge material placement site we use in maintaining the navigation channel near Port Orford, located on the southern coast of Oregon.

Improved infrastructure at Wiley Park to be installed Friday

October 17, 2017
You may have noticed some recent changes to Wiley Park, a small recreation area and boat ramp on the South Santiam River below Foster Dam and Reservoir, near Sweet Home, Oregon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has removed an old and deteriorating restroom and is replacing it with a more efficient, vault-style toilet that will be easier and less expensive to maintain.

Secure business with the Corps in 2018

October 17, 2017
Antiterrorism and Operational Security, also known as OPSEC, will lead off this year’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Industry Day event. The session will provide potential contractors an overview of current antiterrorism and OPSEC contract clauses, training and on-site requirements. The Corps’ industry day event is Nov. 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Big Cliff Reservoir levels to decrease for sediment sampling

October 13, 2017
Water levels at Big Cliff Reservoir will be lower Oct. 13-27 to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct sediment sampling. The Corps is collecting the sediment samples as part of a Remedial Investigation to determine the nature and extent of any contaminants in the immediate area. Corps employees discovered construction debris during an emergency reservoir drawdown in 2009 and have conducted several smaller sampling events since that time.

Corps reservoirs benefit Willamette Valley swallows

September 28, 2017
An unladen purple martin swallow can reach the air-speed velocity of about 24 miles per hour, which may be important information if you’re trying to cross the ‘Bridge of Death’ as you search for the Holy Grail. It’s also probably impossible for that 1.7-ounce bird to carry a 1.2-kilogram coconut, even if he gripped it by the husk (we are checking with the engineering department though).
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