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  • August

    Heat wave fuels needless drownings, boating deaths in Oregon

    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 and the Oregon Health Authority recorded 57 drownings in natural waters in 2020, which is 160% increase from 2019 (35 drownings). Life jackets may have prevented many of these deaths.
  • Drought, lack of measurable rain drains Willamette Valley reservoirs - Corps hosts info session

    Nearly 50 days without measurable rain, combined with hot, dry conditions, has made reservoir levels in the Willamette Valley the lowest in six years. Additionally, forecasts are not predicting enough precipitation to alleviate the ongoing drought in the Pacific Northwest. To help the public understand the conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District will host an info session Thursday, Aug. 5th from 12-1 p.m. to update the public about lake levels and recreation opportunities in its 13 Willamette Valley reservoirs.
  • May

    Summer brings hot temps, water sports and potential danger

    Last year, 27 Oregonians died in recreational boating-related incidents – the most in three decades. Incidents overall spiked in 2020. Of 96 fatal and non-fatal occurrences – a 20-year high – three happened at Portland District reservoirs. The Oregon State Marine Board tracks these and officials attribute the increase – in part – to the pandemic.
  • August

    Corps stresses hot weather safety

    Play it safe while enjoying outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly during periods of extraordinarily hot weather. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, extremely hot weather, like the record-breaking temperatures currently forecasted for some parts of Oregon, can be dangerous.
  • June

    Life jacket worn... nobody mourns

    More public recreation fatalities occur in July than any other month, and so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks you to please play it safe while on, in, or near the water. Increased water safety awareness can help ensure that you and your loved ones have fun this summer and return home safely.
  • May

    Play It Safe When You’re In, On or Near The Water

    Before you head out for a day around water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds you and everyone in your group to wear a life jacket.