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Federal agencies release final Columbia River System Operations environmental impact statement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration today released the Columbia River System Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. The issuance of the final EIS is a substantial step toward accomplishment of a priority item of the Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West issued in October 2018.
6 days ago

Portland District Welcomes New Leader

Col. Michael D. Helton assumed command of the Corps of Engineers, Portland District as the District’s 63rd commander in a virtual change of command ceremony broadcast on YouTube.
15 days ago

Corps spills 100 gallons of oil at Bonneville Dam, removes unit from service

On Monday, July 13, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) discovered a Bonneville Dam turbine thrust bearing leaked approximately 100 gallons of oil into the Columbia River. The Corps is dedicated to rapid spill responses and is in the process of repairing the equipment. The generating unit is no longer leaking.
21 days ago

Fate and flows: Oregon native keeps water moving through state

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Salina Hart dreams about water. It makes sense: she grew up on the water, and often went tubing down the local Clackamas River, the North Santiam and the Long Tom. Even after the massive local floods of 1996 swelled the river, inundated her home and took out most of her neighborhood, she still loved water.
36 days ago

Corps encourages safe 4th of July recreation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly and safely this holiday weekend.
36 days ago
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