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December 10, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently launched its New Start Feasibility Study of the Portland metropolitan area levee system. The three-year federal feasibility study process will lead to a recommendation to Congress for federal investment in addressing the problem areas and vulnerabilities in the area’s local levee and drainage system.

Low Willamette Valley reservoir water levels pose potential dangers

November 16, 2018
Due to low water levels in many Corps reservoirs in the Willamette Valley, officials are warning reservoir users of potential hazards. The low levels, a result of low precipitation this fall, are exposing soft, muddy areas of lakebed, which could pose a danger to users.

Road and areas at Cape Disappointment State Park will remain closed to the public due to North Jetty construction activity

October 30, 2018
Public access to the North Jetty, North Jetty Road and nearby parking lots at Cape Disappointment State Park will remain closed through the winter, until Nov. 19, 2019.

Corps drills into Foster Dam during geotechnical investigation

October 18, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety team will conduct a geotechnical investigation at Foster Dam near Sweet Home, Oregon. Drilling should begin on October 22 and it will include boring into the dam’s embankment or rock-fill portion of the dam.

Partners united for salmon, steelhead and lamprey extend Columbia Basin Fish Accords

October 15, 2018
States, tribes, and three federal agencies continue to work side by side for the good of endangered salmon and steelhead as they extend the historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords for up to four more years. The original agreements, signed in 2008, provided states and tribes more than $900 million to implement projects benefitting salmon, steelhead, and other fish and wildlife, and $50 million for Pacific lamprey passage improvements at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

New hopes for the Rogue

October 12, 2018
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

October 1, 2018
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.

Corps Seeks Comment On Draft Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan & Environmental Assessment

September 21, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) is making the 60 percent draft Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) available for public review. Public review helps the Corps consider the concerns of citizens and organizations by involving them in the environmental review process. The Corps understands that citizens often have valuable information about the places and resources they value.

Corps requests public help to find stolen kayaks

September 20, 2018
The Corps is requesting public help to find three missing kayaks, stolen from the Corps' Dexter Service Building below Lookout Dam in Lowell, Ore. Members of the public are encouraged to report any information they may have about the missing equipment to the Corps Watch National Hotline at 1-866-413-7970. Callers may remain anonymous.

Balancing perspectives in the Willamette Valley

September 14, 2018
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.
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