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Rain is good news for Corps reservoirs

April 13, 2018
Although snowpack levels are still below normal according to the National Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District doesn’t solely depend on snowpack to fill its reservoirs.

Corps highlights non-engineering careers at Cottage Grove HS

March 30, 2018
Amy Redmond spoke to student after student, planting the proverbial “seed” that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does more than engineering. It was apt that Redmond, a natural resource specialist for Portland District, was at the career fair planting seeds – she does that during her regular work, too. Or, she at least nurtures the environment – allowing those seeds to blossom.

Potential oil spill initiates spill prevention protocol

March 28, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has initiated spill prevention protocols today due to the loss of approximately 470 gallons of oil from one of the generating units at The Dalles Dam. The Corps is in the process of determining what happened to the oil. Although there is no evidence the oil went into the Columbia River, the Corps will continue to monitor the waters downstream of the dam.

Portland District Celebrates Women's History Month

March 27, 2018
March is Women’s History Month. To recognize the contribution of women to the Corps of Engineers, we highlight some trailblazing women who have helped to redefine the roles of women in the Corps of Engineers.

Looming tower casts potential shadow across Willamette Valley

March 27, 2018
For several months, Jeff Ament has been watching tension simmer along the banks of the North Santiam River, as it churns and empties its frustrations into the Willamette River as residents voice a mix of anxieties about a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project at Detroit Dam. The proposed project, a temperature control tower and fish collection facility, will provide temperature regulation and fish passage through the dam for endangered fish – and have impacts on residents throughout the watershed, from Sweet Home, Salem, Detroit and Albany.

Corps uses two key methods for fish passage

March 26, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has two ways to pass fish above dams: fish ladders and a method called trap and haul. Many times, the type of fish passage selected depends on the height of the dam, but there could be other factors involved. Taller dams, also known as high-head dams, tend to rely on the trap and haul method.

John Day and The Dalles Navigation Locks Reopen to River Traffic Ahead of Schedule

March 22, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. – Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District re-opened the navigation locks at John Day Lock & Dam and The Dalles Lock & Dam today, three days ahead of schedule.

Great Electrifying Event Lights Up Bonneville Lock & Dam April 7

March 20, 2018
Join us Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bonneville Lock & Dam's Washington Shore Visitor Complex for the Great Electrifying Event! Enjoy a free, full day of hands-on and interactive activities that highlight the basics of electricity and how it's generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam.

Corps Seeks Public Comment on Long-Term Release of Additional Stored Water from Willow Creek Dam

March 8, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, is seeking public comment on the draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the long-term release of an additional 1,000 acre-feet (AF) of stored water for irrigation from the Willow Creek Dam and Lake Project.

Corps Seeks Public Comment On Woodland Islands Restoration Project

March 6, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a proposal to place dredged material from the Federal Navigation Channel into the side channel area on the east side of Woodland Islands near St. Helens, Ore. in the Lower Columbia River Estuary.
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