News Releases

Archive: 2019
  • Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, May 18

    USACE and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invite the public celebrate the 26th Annual Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual commemoration highlights the spectacular journeys that migratory birds take each year as they travel between nesting and non-breeding sites around the world.
  • Winter storm recovery delays opening day-use parks at Cottage Grove Reservoir and campsites at Dorena Reservoir

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will delay the opening of Cottage Grove Reservoir day-use parks by about a week as workers continue to clear storm debris. The Corps plans to open the day-use parks at Cottage Grove for weekend-only use starting May 18. Fifteen camp sites at Schwarz Campground, located at Dorena reservoir, will remain closed until June 30 to continue debris clean-up efforts.
  • Corps to conduct spillway gate testing at Fall Creek Dam

    Dam operators with the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open the north spillway gate at Fall Creek Dam to test operational flow conditions Wednesday, April 17.
  • Corps prepares for rain, works to minimize flooding as system of reservoirs reaches capacity

    Water managers at the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing already-swelling reservoirs in the Corps’ Willamette Valley dams for additional rainfall that is forecasted in the upcoming days.
  • Willamette Basin dams' outflows increase as forecasted rain fills reservoirs

    The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer is increasing controlled water releases at most Willamette Valley dams as rain and melting snows are projected to fill reservoirs to near 100% capacity in the coming days.
  • Corps begins spring spill operations with new flexibility to benefit fish and hydropower

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin implementing its 2019 Fish Operations Plan at the four lower Snake River dams April 3, and at the lower Columbia River dams April 10. The 2019 plan includes spill and transport operations for the spring and summer juvenile fish passage seasons at these dams, as specified in the NOAA Fisheries 2019 Columbia River System Biological Opinion.
  • Corps issues notice of intent for Willamette Valley System evaluation

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is issuing a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement addressing the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley System in accordance with authorized project purposes, while meeting Endangered Species Act obligations.
  • Corps eager for rain in the Willamette Valley

    The start of spring signals something different to the Portland District – the halfway mark of refill season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of refilling its 13 Willamette Valley reservoirs in preparation for the spring and summer conservation seasons. Refill season generally begins in February and ends in May.
  • Corps accepts comments for Cougar Dam fish passage Environmental Assessment

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a draft environmental assessment for downstream fish passage at Cougar Dam, beginning today. The purpose of the report is to evaluate alternatives for the Corps’ proposed enhancement of downstream fish passage at Cougar Dam.
  • Schwarz Campground registration service goes digital

    Dorena Lake's Schwarz Campground will change to a self-service, same-day-reservation system this year, using the system for all campsites. Visitors are encouraged to make their reservations ahead of time to make it a simple and easy experience.

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