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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.”
As warm, dry weather continues, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District is seeing a worsening water year as it strives to refill 13 Willamette Valley reservoirs for the upcoming recreation season.

News

That sounds fishy: fish ladders at high-head dams impractical, largely unneeded
7/19/2021
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...
Sediment-placement pilot project aims to renourish beach
6/24/2021 UPDATED
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.Her architects;...
That sounds fishy: twisting traps troll tributaries in the Willamette
6/17/2021
The bulky contraptions float listlessly downstream of three dams in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The buoyant, metal devices hold large screws that the water flow turns. This twist of the screw –...

Public Notices

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment of the Federal Navigation Channel Operations and Maintenance Dredging
6/29/2021
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
6/8/2021
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...
Supplemental EA & FONSI for Depoe Bay Maintenance Dredging
6/1/2021
Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (USACE) has finalized the Depoe Bay Maintenance Dredging Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) in...

Celebrating 150 Years of Service

 

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

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