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That sounds fishy: demonized trash fish finally gets some respect
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 but has scolded (scalded) us this year
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).
That sounds fishy: fish ladders at high-head dams impractical, largely unneeded
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.
Big Bertha heads to Benson Beach, battles erosion
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.
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That sounds fishy: twisting traps troll tributaries in the Willamette
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
Building dams and, we hope, public trust
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.
Virtual reality experience shows Willamette Valley environmental progress
Army engineers and planners continue developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Willamette Valley System (WVS) that will address the continued operations and maintenance of the System...
Power disruption, aging infrastructure impact fish hatchery
The main electrical power feeder from Lost Creek Dam to the Cole M. Rivers Hatchery failed at the end of April 2021. Since then, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has been working to repair the...
Corps developing long-term plans for Cottage Grove and Dorena lakes, wants public input
The land-use plan (Master Plan or MP) for Cottage Grove and Dorena lakes is out-of-date, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is in the process of updating it. Corps staff are seeking input...
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.
Willamette Valley Reservoir Levels
Using the Navigation Locks
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Detroit Dam Risk Reduction