**Updated** The John Day Navigational Lock is fully-operational. Click here for more information.
Drownings and boating-related deaths needlessly continue claiming lives in Oregon, recently fueled by a heat wave.
The upstream gate on the John Day Dam navigation lock, located on the Columbia River near Rufus, Oregon, failed July 25 when a guide wheel broke. The lock has been returned to service, though repairs are still ongoing. This fact sheet gives a quick snap shot of what happened and what we're doing.
A broken portion of John Day Lock and Dam’s upstream navigation lock gate has slowed river traffic through that portion of the Columbia River. U.S. Army Corps technicians found the damage to a lower guide wheel July 25, and closed the lock to river traffic.
With sizzling temperatures reaching the triple-digits in Portland and the Pacific Northwest this week, people’s demand for electricity is sure to increase. Seasonal surges like this happen during heat waves, cold snaps and, in the mornings before work and in the afternoons when people return home.
The Corps of Engineers' Northwestern Division led a regional exercise June 14-16 to prepare its teams of emergency planners, operators, and engineers for the possibility of a severe earthquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Women play a vital role in developing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and this great nation. They serve across all career paths in USACE, as leaders and supervisors, engineers and rangers, scientists, and administrators, to name a few.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains and assesses the locks along the Columbia and Snake rivers on an annual basis to keep an estimated $23 billion dollars’ worth of commerce flowing.

News

Commerce flows normally after Army engineers repair John Day Lock
8/5/2022
Commerce is now moving normally along the Columbia River and through John Day Lock after Army engineers completed repairs to damaged guide wheels by 12:30 p.m., August 5. Technicians originally...
Heat wave fuels needless drownings, boating deaths in Oregon
8/4/2022
Drownings and boating-related deaths needlessly continue claiming lives in Oregon, recently fueled by a heat wave. The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) reported 19 boating-related fatalities in 2021...
Damage closes John Day Lock, slows Columbia River traffic
7/26/2022
A broken portion of John Day Lock and Dam’s upstream navigation lock gate has slowed river traffic through that portion of the Columbia River...

Public Notices

Corps seeks comment on Environmental Assessment of Tillamook S. Jetty Repairs
7/21/2022
This Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) documents the potential environmental impacts associated with the Tillamook South Jetty Repairs Project (i.e., the “Proposed Action”) South Jetty...
Corps to hold public interviews for Bradford Island Community Involvement Plan
6/10/2022
The Corps Portland District will be holding in person and virtual interviews from July 11, 2022, through August 11, 2022, and would like your input as part of the development of the Community...

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