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Northwestern Division Change of Command
Brigadier General Scott A. Spellmon assumed command of the Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 16, 2015. In this position, he will oversee an annual program of more than $3 billion in civil works, environmental restoration and military construction in more than a dozen states, primarily within the Columbia and Missouri river basins.
The River Basin Balancer Game offers insight into an inland waterway and a system of reservoirs, which are operated with a goal for serving each of the benefits, flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife, and water quality, for which many USACE reservoirs and dams were authorized and constructed. Users can take charge of river operations and experience the unique challenges presented when managing reservoir operations in a variety of weather conditions across a geographically diverse basin.
River Basin Balancer Game
The River Basin Balancer Game offers insight into an inland waterway and a system of reservoirs, which are operated with a goal for serving each of the benefits, flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife, and water quality, for which many USACE reservoirs and dams were authorized and constructed. Users can take charge of river operations and experience the unique challenges presented when managing reservoir operations in a variety of weather conditions across a geographically diverse basin.
Col. DiCiro Joins The Northwestern Division As Deputy Commander
Colonel Torrey A. DiCiro assumed the duties of deputy commander, Northwestern Division, Portland, Ore., on July 16, 2015. Prior to his arrival at Northwestern Division, Col. DiCiro served as the Deputy Commander of the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division from 2014 to 2015 and as the Commander and District Engineer of the Corps' San Francisco District from 2010 to 2012.
Major General Stevens Meets With Northwestern Division Leaders
Major General Richard L. Stevens meets with leaders from the Northwestern Division during a change of command in Portland, Ore. July 16, 2015. (left to right: LTC Vail, Walla Walla District; COL Sexton, Kansas City District; COL Aguilar, Portland District; MG Stevens; BG Spellmon, Northwestern Division; COL Buck, Seattle District; COL Cross, Omaha District)
Wear It!
Always remember to stay safe and wear your life jacket. Wear It logo, provided by the National Safe Boating Campaign.
STEM Outreach
Steve Fischer, Northwestern Division Environmental Resources Team Lead, and other Corps employees were at the Native American Youth and Family Center recently where they taught kids to use engineering and math skills to build BMX bikes and understand why tire pressure makes a difference in racing performance.

Latest News Releases

Missouri River Committee to hold meeting in Nebraska

8/20/2015
The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee will be meeting, August 25–27, in Omaha, NE. Public attendance is encouraged, and an opportunity is provided during each daily session for the public to address the Committee and the lead agencies, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding the Missouri River Recovery Program.

Missouri River runoff below normal in July

8/10/2015
Runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, for the month of July was 2.7 million acre feet (MAF), 81 percent of normal. The 2015 runoff forecast is 25.0 MAF, 99 percent of normal. Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF. The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 61.3 MAF, occupying 5.2 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. System storage peaked on July 9 at 61.9 MAF and is gradually declining. The water currently stored in the annual flood control zone will be released during the remainder of the year to serve navigation, water supply and other downstream purposes and will be completely evacuated prior to the start of next year’s runoff season.

Featured Stories

Managing a river is dam challenging

8/27/2015
In 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District Leadership Development Class developed a video game that invites players to plan and make releases from two inland waterway dams. The Omaha District, with class members as project managers, awarded a contract to the U.S. Army Game Design studio to design the game. The game allows players to take charge of river operations and experience the unique challenges presented when managing reservoir operations in a variety of weather conditions across a geographically diverse basin. Like the real world, the weather forecast isn’t always accurate, presenting an additional challenge.

Persistence, Patience, Inspiration of marathon running (Part 1)

8/3/2015
This is the first article in a four part series on Omaha District Electrical Engineer, Joe Chamberlain, who competed in the Boston Marathon in 2014 and is training to run the New York City Marathon this November.

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