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The Corps begins refill at Detroit Dam during spillway gate construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District will begin refilling Detroit Dam reservoir up to an elevation of 1450 feet from now through Jan. 31. The Corps will continue spillway gate rehabilitation work on two of Detroit Dam’s spillway gates while refill begins.
11 days ago

10th annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center Jan. 18

Join Portland District park rangers for the 10th annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to view bald eagles roosting in their natural habitat along the Columbia River.
33 days ago

Update on spillway gate rehabilitation work at Detroit Dam

The Corps has decided to manage Detroit Dam’s reservoir levels between 1425 and 1450 ft. from now through the middle of Jan. 2020 during construction on two of the dam’s spillway gates. There are no anticipated impacts to reservoir refill or summer pool elevations.
58 days ago

Low Willamette Valley reservoir water levels pose potential dangers

Due to low water levels in several Corps reservoirs in the Willamette Valley, Corps officials are warning reservoir users of potential hazards and requesting that reservoir users avoid these areas for their own safety.
65 days ago

Bonneville Dam hosts BPA electricity exhibit and presentation

Visit Bonneville Dam’s Washington Shore visitor center from now through Feb. 2020 to experience Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) High Voltage DC (HVDC) Test Center exhibit. Visit on Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. and hear from Libby Burke, Bonneville Power Administration’s library archivist.
65 days ago
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