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Closure Updates at Lost Creek Lake and Elk Creek

August 20, 2018
Jackson County officials have lowered the evacuation status in most of the Lost Creek Lake area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened many recreation areas at Lost Creek Lake, while many recreation areas at Elk Creek remain closed.

Final supplemental environmental impact statement for sediment management at Mount St. Helens available for review

August 8, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the final supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for its long-term sediment management plan for Mount St. Helens. It is available for review and comment until Sept 10.

Closures at Lost Creek Lake and Elk Creek as Wildfires Burn

August 3, 2018
All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas at Elk Creek and Lost Creek Lake are officially closed to all non-fire personnel until further notice due to wildfires. Several wildfires in the Medford area spread overnight and have forced an active response by fire crews.

Corps holds meetings for Detroit Dam fish passage alternatives analysis

August 1, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding public information meetings to give overviews of alternatives for temperature control and construction, fish collection options and potential staging areas for the fish passage and temperature control project at Detroit Dam and Lake. These meetings are to help the public understand the vast array of alternatives the Corps considered, which included ones submitted by the public.

Dredging begins at the mouth of the Columbia River

July 25, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging operations at the Mouth of the Columbia River, August 1.

Corps joins battle against invasive weed in Rock Creek

July 16, 2018
This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology will battle an infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive plant, in Rock Creek with an herbicide treatment. As part of a cooperative agreement with the Klickitat County Noxious Weed Board, contractors will treat the watermilfoil with an herbicide on two days between July 15 and August 31, and the Corps will temporarily close the recreation area.

Corps releases report addressing public comments for Detroit Dam fish passage project

July 16, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed its analysis of the public’s comments regarding the Corps’ proposed plan to provide downstream fish passage, including temperature control, at Detroit Dam and Lake. The report is available here: https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16021coll7/id/7438. This report describes the public scoping process, provides analysis on comments collected, and concludes with a summary on how these comments will be incorporated into the project’s Environmental Impact Statement analysis. Public scoping is the process by which federal agencies solicit public input on the scope of issues and alternatives the agency should address in an EIS as a part of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Major construction on Oaks Bottom habitat restoration begins July 1; Springwater Corridor open through holiday; New closure date July 9

June 28, 2018
REMINDER: The Springwater Corridor will close at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge before the morning commute Monday, July 9. The trail will remain closed through October 31 for a major restoration project benefiting salmon and other wildlife. This is a hard closure: all hours, all days. Alternate routes are available at www.portland.gov/bes/oaksbottom.

Rogue River Regional Master Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment - 60% Draft

June 27, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) is making available for public review the 60% draft Rogue River Regional Master Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA). The master plan is for the Corps’ Rogue River Projects, which consists of Lost Creek Lake, Applegate Dam, and the Elk Creek Project.

Detroit Dam begins temperature control spill operations

June 21, 2018
The Corps began temperature control spill operations early this morning to change water temperature in the North Santiam River to create optimal spawning and rearing conditions for threatened spring Chinook and winter steelhead.
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