US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

  • April

    Evaluating impacts and benefits of alternatives

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to develop a reasonable range
  • Update on Alternatives Development

    As introduced in the Summer 2018 newsletter, the CRSO EIS team of co-lead agencies are working to
  • EIS Schedule Update

    In October 2018, the Secretaries of Interior, Commerce and Energy, and the Assistant Secretary of
  • March

    Corps using alternative, expedited permitting procedures to authorize flood-related repairs

    Due to the current flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District Regulatory Branch will be using alternative and expedited permitting procedures to authorize flood-related repairs within regulated waters of the U.S. These procedures will allow the Corps to expedite permitting requests for Nationwide Permits, Regional General Permits, and Standard Permits for flood recovery activities.
  • Corps begins Willamette Valley System evaluation

    Almost three million people, or about 70 percent of Oregon’s population live in a fertile valley on the state’s western side, according to Portland State University figures. This number has doubled since 1970 – and people are still squeezing themselves into the roughly 150 mile-long valley, which is bracketed by mountain ranges and dominated by a powerful and deceptive force – the Willamette River. This influential river has had a long history of devastating flooding, which spurred the people of Oregon and the U.S. Congress into action in the 1930’s. Congress granted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the authority to build a system of dams on the Willamette River’s tributaries for flood control purposes.
  • February

    When doing what you love is part of your job: The life of a visual information specialist

    What types of career options come to your mind when you think of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? Engineering, of course, or construction perhaps. Even project management and economics careers would be obvious. The reality is that USACE offers scores of careers in vastly different focus areas ranging from finance and accounting, to safety and occupational health, and even to graphic design or “visual information” as it’s referred to in the military. The latter career (and the focus of this piece) is a common position in military outfits; visual information specialists are typically the military personnel armed with a camera or video camera—in addition to their normal battlefield weapons.
  • John Day 50th Anniversary

    Sept. 20, 2018, the Portland District commemorated the 50th anniversary of the ceremonial spillway opening at John Day Lock and Dam, which took place Sept. 28, 1968.
  • January

    McConnell AFB welcomes first KC-46A Pegasus

    Team McConnell’s Total Force crews delivered the first two KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to the Home of Air Refueling – in the Air Capital of the World. Contractors [under the oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City District] constructed three new KC-46 maintenance hangars, technical training dormitories, an air traffic control tower, fuselage trainer and many other facilities specifically for the Pegasus’ arrival. These projects brought $267 million to the local economy by employing Kansas workers and using local resources.
  • Dam: that’s a lot of work - Corps completes spillway gate repair

    In 2009, dam safety inspectors dangled from ropes to inspect the spillway gates at federal dams throughout Oregon. The team, in their top-to-bottom inspection, determined that the aging spillway gates might malfunction when the water levels were high.
  • The "system" performed as designed

    The writer, Brigadier General D. Peter Helmlinger, is commander of the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.