News Releases

Archive: September, 2018
  • 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.
  • Corps reducing outflows due to recent rains

    In response to recent heavy rains and runoff in southeastern South Dakota and northwestern Iowa, releases from Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams will be reduced, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today.
  • 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.
  • Higher-than-average releases maintained to prepare for 2019 Missouri River runoff

    Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River Mainstem System dams, including Gavins Point, will continue through the fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. “Due to this year’s high runoff and the water currently being stored in the reservoirs, Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 [cubic feet per second] for the remainder of the navigation season to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to the 2019 runoff season,” said John Remus, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.