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Ice Harbor Dam’s navigation lock returns to service; Little Goose remains on schedule for April 2 reopening

LOWER SNAKE RIVER, Washington – Ice Harbor Dam's navigation lock, located at Snake River Mile 9.7 near Burbank, Washington, returned to service at 11:59 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Walla Walla District. [Read More]
Published: Mar-24-17

Corps and others continue to monitor and manage Columbia Basin river and reservoir levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, in coordination with its Portland, Seattle, and Walla Walla Districts as well as B.C. Hydro, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the National Weather Service’s, Northwest River Forecast Center, and others are continuing to monitor river conditions across the Columbia River Basin. [Read More]
Published: Mar-21-17

Corps closely monitoring Columbia Basin river and reservoir levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring Columbia Basin flood events encompassing the Seattle, Portland and Walla Walla districts areas of responsibility on the Columbia River. Columbia Basin Water Management Division initiated emergency flood risk management protocols this week due to a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the lower Columbia River. [Read More]
Published: Mar-18-17

February runoff above average; Public meetings scheduled for April 11-13

Runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 2.4 million acre feet (MAF) during February, 219 percent of average. “Warm temperatures melted much of the plains snowpack that had accumulated throughout the winter in the upper Missouri River basin resulting in above average runoff during February,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. Only small areas in central North Dakota have significant plains snowpack remaining. Areas of eastern Montana and central Wyoming have less than an inch of liquid content in their remaining snowpack, and little or no snow remains elsewhere in the Dakotas. “Runoff from plains snowmelt that would normally occur in March and April started early this year and some has already entered the reservoir system,” said Farhat. “Additionally, warm temperatures released water that had been locked up in river ice, contributing to higher than average February runoff.” [Read More]
Published: Mar-07-17

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts final transfer of Kennewick Man remains

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division (Corps) transferred the human remains known as the Kennewick Man, or the Ancient One, to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (Washington) on Friday, Feb. 17 on the condition that the Department then repatriate the human remains to the five Columbia River Plateau tribes. The transfer took place at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington where the remains have been curated since 1998. [Read More]
Published: Feb-20-17

Reservoir system prepared for 2017 runoff season

The full flood control capacity of the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system is available for the 2017 runoff season, according to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Division. All 2016 stored flood waters were evacuated as of December 18, when the total volume stored in the reservoir system reached 56.1 million acre-feet (MAF). “The entire flood control capacity of the Mainstem Reservoir System stands ready to capture spring runoff, reducing flood risk while providing support to other authorized project purposes,” said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. [Read More]
Published: Feb-06-17

Corps closes federal property adjacent to Cannonball River for safety, environmental concerns

The Corps issued notices today informing protesters of the closure of Corps-managed federal property adjacent to the Cannonball River. Safety is the number one priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and therefore the Corps will close federal property in the floodplain located at the mouth of the Cannonball River on February 22, 2017, to prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in this area. [Read More]
Published: Feb-03-17

Public Comment Period Extended for draft MRRMP-EIS

The Corps has extended the public comment period for the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to April 24, 2017. [Read More]
Published: Feb-03-17

Public Meeting for draft MRRMP-EIS scheduled in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. Feb. 15-16

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Omaha Districts, will hold public meetings on the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP-EIS) on in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 15, and in St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5-8:45 p.m. [Read More]
Published: Feb-03-17

Public Meeting for draft MRRMP-EIS scheduled in Omaha, NE, Feb. 14

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Omaha Districts, will hold a public meeting on the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182, from 5-8:45 p.m. Parking is available in Lot X near the center; passes are required in adjacent lots. [Read More]
Published: Feb-03-17
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