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  • June

    Dramatic plunge helps Corps focus viewers on water safety

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District and Oregon State Marine Board appeared live on Portland's KGW-TV to talk about water safety, explain how life jackets save lives and demonstrate different life jacket styles. One heroic team member was pushed into the Willamette River to show the effects of cold water immersion and confirm the critical job of a life jacket.
  • USACE experts share how to navigate federal contracting regulations

    Businesses interested in working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had two opportunities recently to learn about future projects and how to compete for them. The industry day events were designed to introduce businesses to the government acquisition process, provide information about the tools needed to do business with the Corps, and how to improve project proposals.
  • January

    Don't freak out: Dams generally do well in earthquakes

    Scientists tell us the Pacific Northwest is due for another very large earthquake a – from the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific coast. The historical performance of dams in seismic events has been exceptionally good. Only one concrete dam in modern history has ever failed as the result of a seismic event, mainly due to the fault running directly beneath it. Generally, concrete dams have sustained only minor damage.