News Releases

Archive: 2020
  • 20-013 Corps closing all Walla Walla District Visitor Centers

    Walla Walla, Wash. –At this time, the Corps of Engineers will close all Visitor Centers in the Walla Walla District.
  • All CRSO EIS meetings switched to virtual

    Evolving health and safety policies from our regional partners designed to hinder the spread of COVID-19 in Washington and Oregon have prompted federal officials to replace all scheduled in-person public comment meetings with phone-in meetings for the recently released Columbia River System Operation draft Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Feds shift Seattle, Portland CRSO EIS meetings to 'phone only'

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration decided that the in-person public comment meetings planned for Seattle and Portland will not be held due to the high number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in those geographical areas and calls from local officials to limit public exposure. Phone-in options have been added to the formal comment choices for those avoiding crowded venues.
  • 2020 runoff forecast remains above average; Public meetings set for April 6-9 and April 14

    Gavins Point releases were decreased from 38,000 cubic feet per second to 35,000 cfs this week as tributaries downstream of Gavins Point began to rise due to the melting of the plains snowpack in South Dakota. The potential for above average runoff in the upper basin, coupled with continued high river stages on many of the uncontrolled tributaries downstream of the reservoir system, increases the potential for flooding, particularly in the lower river.
  • Gavins Point releases changing; changes will be more frequent

    The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to decrease releases from Gavins Point Dam from 38,000 cubic feet per second to 35,000 cfs tomorrow. Last week’s plan to increase releases to 41,000 cfs stopped at 38,000 cfs due to increased downstream runoff joining the Missouri River after Gavins Point Dam.
  • Gavins Point releases to increase; aimed at maintaining space for spring runoff

    The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase releases from Gavins Point Dam from 35,000 cubic feet per second to 41,000 cfs later this week, conditions permitting. The plan to increase releases is part of a commitment to remain as aggressive as possible with releases to maintain available flood control storage space in anticipation of above normal runoff for 2020.