Instead of skipping ahead to winter holidays, let’s fall back and celebrate autumn and Halloween by highlighting a fish that has been demonized in the past, partly for its looks, and partly for our past perceptions of it as a blood-sucking, bottom-feeding trash fish*: the Pacific lamprey.
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.


Oregon Corps projects get $146 million for aging infrastructure
Army Engineers and planners will receive $146 million for various infrastructure projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) sites around Oregon. This funding came from the Infrastructure...
Columbia River commerce halts for extended period for annual outage
Commerce moving up and down the Columbia River, which is a $23 billion industry, will be at a stand-still for up to five weeks beginning Feb. 13. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) closes its...
Corps considers future changes that may impact Willamette Valley System operations, maintenance
Army engineers and planners are considering major changes that may impact the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley System (WVS). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) staff...

Public Notices

Seeking public comments for Maintenance Dredging at Tongue Point and Oregon Slough
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) proposes to perform maintenance dredging of two federal navigation channels in Oregon State: Tongue Point and Oregon Slough. The purpose of...
Seeking public comments for City of Boardman Water Facility Expansion proposal
Beginning today, the public has 15 days to comment on Portland District’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for a water facility expansion in the city of Boardman, Ore. The proposed water system...
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...

Celebrating 150 Years of Service


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

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