General: Construction of Elk Creek project began in 1971 with acquisition of project lands, relocation of residents and relocation of some roads and utilities. Elk Creek Dam construction stopped in 1988 at a height of 83 feet, one-third its design height. The project's final demolition shot, notching the dam, was on Aug. 17, 2008. Elk Creek was diverted into the new channel on Sept. 15, 2008.
The project work is now complete. The Corps, National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Elk Creek Environmental Coordination Task Force members will continue assess channel performance as flows increase and make adjustments as appropriate.
Master Plan: A master plan is a document that guides decision making and management of federal lands. The Corps completed a master plan in 1987, anticipating a completed and fully operational Elk Creek dam and reservoir. However, construction of the dam was halted in 1988 and the unfinished structure was notched in 2008 to allow the creek to flow freely.
The Corps' mission at Elk Creek includes environmental stewardship, ecosystem management and recreation opportunities. The events above resulted in changed needs, operations, recreational opportunities and natural resources in the area, and thus the need for an updated master plan.
During the development of this draft plan, the Corps completed an analysis of recreation needs of the Elk Creek area. The Corps also hosted an interagency workshop in July 2011 and a public outreach meeting in September 2011 to review the planning process and receive input from federal, tribal, state and local agencies and the interested public.
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