US Army Corps of Engineers
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  • Corps continues reducing Gavins Point releases

    Releases from Gavins Point Dam were reduced to 53,000 cubic feet per second Sunday morning and will be further reduced to 43,000 cfs this evening, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today.
  • Corps reducing Gavins Point releases as Niobrara inflows decline

    Releases from Gavins Point Dam were reduced to 73,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) Saturday morning, March 16 and will reduced over the coming days reaching 20,000 cfs on Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. According to the National Weather Service, tributary flows into Gavins Point Dam, primarily from the Niobrara River have dropped significantly over the past 48 hours.
  • Gavins Point Releases Reach 90k

    Water releases from Gavins Point Dam will be increased to 90,000 cubic feet per second at 8 pm today as unregulated inflows from the Niobrara and other watersheds continue to spill into the reservoir. At the same time, Corps officials in Omaha and Kansas City are lending support and resources to state and local communities dealing with rising waters from a powerful regional storm.
  • Additional Gavins Point Releases Being Made

    Water releases from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., have been increased to 50,000 cubic feet per second and will be increased to 60,000 cfs later today and Friday. Efforts being made to minimize downstream impacts.
  • Gavins Point Releases Increasing

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing releases from Gavins Point Dam today in response to increased runoff into the Missouri River above the dam. Widespread rain and snowmelt has prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings from southeast South Dakota to St. Louis.
  • President's Fiscal 2020 Budget for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program released

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) includes $4.827 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • 2019 runoff forecast above average; Public meetings set for April 9-11

    The 2019 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 28.4 million acre feet (MAF), 112 percent of normal, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Division. “The forecast increased about 10 percent from last month due to the continued accumulation of mountain and plains snowpack in the upper basin. Gavins Point releases will be increased from 18,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 20,000 cfs this week,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
  • Navigation locks on Columbia, Snake rivers to close March 2 for annual maintenance

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct routine annual inspections, preventative maintenance and repairs at all navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers March 2-17.
  • Reservoir system prepared for 2019 runoff season

    All 2018 stored flood waters were evacuated from the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) as of Jan. 29. The full 16.3 million acre-feet (MAF) of designated flood control storage is available to manage 2019 runoff. “The System stands ready to capture spring runoff, reducing flood risk while providing support to other authorized project purposes. Current Gavins Point releases are 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will be decreased to 17,000 cfs by mid-February,” said John Remus, Chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
  • Federal Agencies revise Columbia EIS schedule

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration have revised the schedule to complete an environmental impact statement to assess and update their long-term strategy for the operations, maintenance and configuration of the 14 federal dam and reservoir projects in the Columbia River System.  According to the new schedule, these co-lead agencies will sign the Records of Decisions by the end of September 2020, one year earlier than previous scheduled.