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  • Higher Columbia River water levels possible this fall

    River levels between John Day and McNary dams could be higher during the next three months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. From October through December, Lake Umatilla, the section of the Columbia River above John Day Dam, will be operated in a broader and higher range. That means river users could see river levels 2.5 feet higher than in the spring and summer.
  • Columbia-Snake winter navigation lock schedule begins Sept. 15

    COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, Ore. & Wash. -- Beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, recreational boaters can lock past U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers almost any time during daylight hours, according to Corps navigation planners. Commercial vessels will have precedence, and recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial craft at the discretion of the lockmaster.
  • Lower Columbia River levels to remain high, fast

    Residents and river user along the lower Columbia River can expect higher-than-normal water levels over the next week, according to federal water managers and meteorologists.
  • Spring fish operations begin on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began implementing its 2018 Spring Fish Operations Plan at the four lower Snake River dams today. The 2018 plan includes operations for the spring fish passage season at the lower Snake and lower Columbia River projects, utilizing tools such as spill, river flow and water level adjustments, bypass operations, and transportation of juvenile fish from Lower Granite, Little Goose, and Lower Monumental dams.
  • 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.