News Stories

Archive: 2018
  • October

    New hopes for the Rogue

    The movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” premiered on screens throughout the country in 1977. Around that same time, the Corps updated the Rogue River Basin project master plans to reflect new hopes for Lost Creek Lake, Elk Creek, and Applegate Dam.
  • Portland District People

    The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is made up of many dedicated professionals. We are engineers, of course, but we are also biologists, natural resource specialists, accountants, communications specialists and more.
  • September

    Balancing perspectives in the Willamette Valley

    In the 1930's, people from Oakridge, Cottage Grove, Springfield, Eugene, Monroe, Albany, Salem and Portland were tired of flooding in the Willamette Valley. Oregonians demanded solutions to the frequent flooding, which severely impacted travel, accessibility to homes and businesses and damaged personal and public property. They convinced politicians to address the problem with infrastructure, and drove the authorization, funding and construction of the Willamette Valley system: 13 dams that mitigate flood damages by managing perennial flood risks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed this system from 1939-1969 and it has since provided immense benefits, especially with the valley’s continued, un-checked growth (by politicians, municipalities, developers, etc.) along the Willamette River.
  • Corps begins final step to complete fish passage in the McKenzie River Watershed

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cougar Dam sits astride the South Fork of the McKenzie River, approximately 50 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The dam has been blocking fish passage in the river since the Corps built it in the 1960s. Salmon numbers have plummeted in this watershed and, as a result, the Corps has worked to help by improve water temperatures and supply adult fish passage upstream of the dam. However, these actions haven’t addressed moving juvenile fish downstream of the dam – until now.
  • August

    The Corps' work maintaining Pacific Northwest waterways is just as important now as it was 133 years ago

    Portland District is rehabilitating the Mouth of the Columbia River Jetty System 133 years after initial construction began.
  • May

    Operation Blue Roof rescues Bella the puppy in St. Thomas

    During his time in St. Thomas working with the Corps' Operation Blue Roof program, Portland District's Terry Surratt rescued a puppy named Bella and brought her home to Oregon with him.