US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

News Releases

  • Releases from Gavins Point Dam reduced to address heavy rain

    Releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River were reduced from 58,000 cubic feet per second to 52,000 cfs to address heavy rainfall in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. A weather system that has already seen rainfall totals from 2 to 6 inches across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa is causing increased river stages along the Missouri River and tributaries in the area.
  • Higher than average releases from Missouri River Mainstem projects to continue through the fall

    Higher-than-average releases from all System projects, including Gavins Point, will continue through the summer and fall. “Due to the water currently being stored in the reservoirs and the higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 cfs for the remainder of the navigation season to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to next year’s runoff season,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 39.8 million acre feet (MAF), 157 percent of average according to the Corps. July runoff was 5.1 MAF, 155 percent of normal.
  • Spillway flows at Garrison Dam scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6

    As releases decline from Garrison Dam, releases will be transferred from the regulating tunnels to the spillway on Monday, Aug. 6 with the spillway gates opening at about 11 a.m. The release capacity of the powerhouse is about 41,000 cfs so releases from the spillway will be about 9,000 cfs with 9 of 28 the spillway gates opening.
  • Releases from Garrison Dam continue to decline, project crews to test recent repairs

    Releases from Garrison Dam have been reduced to a rate of 54,000 cfs and will drop to 50,000 cfs this Thursday. After a month at 60,000 cfs, releases were reduced to 57,000 cfs on July 24. The gage at Bismarck peaked at a stage of 13.4 feet on June 29, which is approximately 1 foot below flood stage. Rapid mountain snowmelt in June coupled with heavy rains in Montana and northern Wyoming, would have caused much higher stages in Bismarck without Garrison Dam capturing that runoff. Instead of a peak of 13.4 feet on June 29, the river rise would have begun in late March hovering above flood stage through late June with a peak stage of 19.2 feet.
  • Northwestern Division welcomes new commander

    At an assumption of command ceremony today, Brig. Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger assumed command of the Northwestern Division office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He succeeds Col. Torrey A. DiCiro who assumed command of the division following the reassignment of Maj. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon to the Corps’ headquarters in May.
  • Higher-than-average releases from Missouri River Mainstem projects to continue

    Due to the water currently being stored in the reservoirs and the higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, the service level was increased 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) above full service in late June to facilitate the evacuation of stored flood waters. The increased service level means that Gavins Point releases will be increased to approximately 60,000 cfs, as downstream tributary flows recede.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Identifies Long-Term Disaster Recovery Projects and Additional Short-Term Repairs to be Accomplished with 2018 Supplemental Funding

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today additional work that it plans to accomplish with the funding provided for disaster recovery in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, 2018.
  • Corps to step up Gavins Point releases

    OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division has announced plans to step up releases from Gavins Point Dam. Gavins Point releases were reduced from 44,000 to 24,000 cfs in mid-June due to high flows downstream of the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system. “Gavins Point releases will be stepped up over several days in the coming week as downstream flows drop off, reaching approximately 50,000 cfs by early to mid-July,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “Due to the amount of water in storage, releases from all of the System dams will be maintained at higher-than-average rates over the next several months.”
  • Garrison releases will increase to 60,000 CFS to address recent rainfall

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division has announced plans to make additional release increases from Garrison Dam. “Releases are being stepped up from 52,000 cfs to 60,000 cfs,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “Releases will be increased over 3 days, reaching the 60,000 cfs rate on June 23.”
  • Higher inflows mean increased releases from Garrison Dam

    Releases from Garrison Dam are being stepped up from 44,000 cfs to 52,000 cfs. Releases will be increased over 3 days, reaching the 52,000 cfs rate on June 20. Releases are being increased due to a continuation of high inflows from the melting mountain snowpack and rainfall runoff. The 52,000 cfs release will result in a 1.5-foot river stage increase near Bismarck, from 10.5 feet to about 12.0 feet.