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Mother Nature can be comforting and calm but this year it seems like she used our first, middle and last name as she scolded (or scalded) us … “Pacific North [emphasis added] West, what in the world were you thinking?!” … for punching our hypothetical little sister (California).
Humans. What other sentient being designs a tool requiring hands and feet and expects animals without limbs to use it? Alas, the answer is humans. Humans created a ladder for fish, which is quite effective in certain situations – but isn’t a blanket solution to every fish passage problem.
Off the coast of Oregon, Big Bertha moves in the water, inching toward land. Bertha, as her government creators to refer to it, is the result of three years of inter-agency planning.
This twist of the screw – creating a creaking, rasping, scraping sound – generates enough hydraulics to keep small fish from escaping the slowly spinning, cone-shaped collectors – or, screw traps
Kevin Brice stands in his office at the Portland District in downtown Portland, Ore. He has been the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management for the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since May 2007 and will retire in June 2021.
Sylvia Gentilcore started her first permanent park ranger position at John Day Dam last summer. According to Gentilcore, being a park ranger was seen by some as an uncommon path for an Asian American woman, but she “had to be true to herself.”


Winter recreational lock schedule begins September 30 on Lower Columbia
Motorized recreational boaters needing to pass through the three lower Columbia River dams need to do so during daylight hours only, on request, starting September 30, 2021 through May 15, 2022...
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 and the Holy Grail movie reference) to help it celebrate National Public...
Out-of-season outage closes The Dalles Dam navigation lock
An out-of-season outage will close The Dalles Dam’s navigation lock, Sept. 14-15, 2021. A specialized U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rope-access (climbing) inspection team will be performing an...

Public Notices

Tillamook North Jetty Repair Environmental Assessment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on the Tillamook North Jetty Repair Environmental Assessment near Garibaldi, Oregon...
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment of the Federal Navigation Channel Operations and Maintenance Dredging
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (USACE) has finalized a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment of the Federal Navigation Channel Operations and...
Final Detroit Dam IRRM Pool Reduction FONSI & EA
The Corps has developed this Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the environmental impacts of this summer conservation pool restriction at Detroit Dam. The project requires review under...

Celebrating 150 Years of Service


Portland District has been serving the nation since April 17, 1871.

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