US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

News Releases

  • Missouri Basin flood response update – 10/11

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency and water management officials held a call Oct. 10 to communicate to Midwest Congressional representatives, Tribal, state and local government officials (including levee sponsors and emergency managers) an update of current runoff conditions, system storage and a status of flooding response and recovery activities.
  • Releases from Missouri River projects to remain at high levels for fall and winter; Public meetings set for Oct. 22-25

    Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of much above average runoff. Precipitation during September was more than 200 percent of normal in eastern Montana, much of North Dakota, portions of South Dakota and northern Nebraska. As a result, September runoff into the upper basin above Sioux City, was nearly twice the record runoff, which was recorded in 1986.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identifies short-term natural disaster recovery activities funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today work that it will accomplish with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, Operation and Maintenance, and Mississippi River and Tributaries account funding provided for emergency recovery efforts in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Public Law 116-20. The act was signed into law June 6, 2019.
  • Fall public meetings on Missouri River operations set for Oct. 22-25

    Seven public meetings will be conducted throughout the basin Oct. 22-25. The purpose of these meetings is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and review operation of the mainstem reservoir system. Presenters include staff from the National Weather Service and the USACE Missouri River Water Management Division.
  • Army Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.
  • Corps hosts call to update stakeholders on reservoir storage plans

    Record rains in the Upper Missouri Basin during the first two weeks of September, has prompted changes to releases from the Missouri River Mainstem dams. An ad-hoc conference call was held Monday, Sept. 16, to provide an update to basin stakeholders. About 100 callers representing elected officials, emergency managers, levee sponsors and the media participated on the call.
  • Releases from Gavins Point Dam changing

    Recent rains are bringing more changes to releases from the Missouri River Mainstem System of dams. According to the National Weather Service, rainfall during first two weeks of September have brought between 200 and 600% of normal rainfall over the entire Missouri River Basin. The NWS has issued river several river flood alerts and warnings.  In response to these changing conditions the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning the following changes to the releases at Gavins Point Dam.  Intra-system releases will be adjusted to account for the changes at Gavins Point Dam. 
  • Updated 3-week forecast keeps Gavins Point releases at 70,000 cfs; inter-system adjustments being made

    Increased rainfall over parts of South Dakota in the past few days are causing increased inflows at Fort Randall and coming into Gavins Point from the Niobrara River. To offset some of these inflows, release adjustments are being made at Oahe, Big Bend and Fort Randall Dams.
  • Releases from all System projects to remain at high levels for the remainder of summer and fall; Public meetings set for October 22-25

    Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of above average runoff. Precipitation during August was more than 150 percent of normal in eastern Montana, portions of North Dakota, much of South Dakota and Nebraska. As a result, the Fort Randall and Gavins Point reaches experienced their wettest Augusts on record, while the Sioux City and Oahe reaches were second and third, respectively.
  • Weekly Missouri Basin flood response update – 8/29

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency and water management officials held a call August 29 to communicate an update of current runoff conditions, system storage and a status of flooding response and recovery activities. Next week will mark the beginning of monthly calls. The first call will include a webinar in a format similar to the Monthly Update Webinars which are usually held from January until June or July and were an initiative launched in 2012. The most recent of these webinars was held March 7, 2019, and included a Spring Hydrologic Outlook from the National Weather Service, Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.