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NWD - News Releases

Winter Gavins Point releases will be at minimum rates
9/3/2021 UPDATED
Updated: Fort Peck release reductions was incorrectly reported as Sept 6 and has been corrected to Sept. 16. Drought conditions, particularly in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper...
Drought conditions persist in the upper Missouri River Basin
8/5/2021
Drought conditions continue to impact the upper Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper Basin). July runoff in the upper Basin was 34% of average. July runoff above Fort Peck Dam was the...
Northwestern Division transfers command; Accomplished scholar-soldier takes over largest USACE division
7/22/2021
Brig. Gen. Peter Helmlinger transferred command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division to Col. Geoff Van Epps today in a ceremony at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. Van Epps...
USACE implements drought conservation measures
7/8/2021
Water conservation measures were enacted for the second half of the navigation flow support season based on the July 1 Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System storage, per the guidelines outlined in...
Missouri River navigation support; full-length season, reduced service levels
7/1/2021
The Missouri River Water Management Division will reduce navigation flow support beginning today for the second half of the navigation flow support season. “We continue to monitor conditions...

NWD District - News Releases

Generator maintenance will result in water releases through spillway gates at Gavins Point Dam
9/16/2021
Maintenance on the generators at Gavins Point Powerplant near Yankton, South Dakota, will result in the need to release water through the spillway gates through Sept. 30...
We … want … a shrubbery … or some volunteers to plant shrubberies
9/10/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers who aren’t afraid of the “Knights who say Ni” or shrubberies (Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie reference) to help it celebrate National Public...
Dry conditions could cause unusually low Lake Washington lake-levels
9/9/2021
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials anticipate Lake Washington’s level may drop slightly below an elevation of 20 feet this month and are taking steps to conserve water during this year’s dry...
Out-of-season outage closes The Dalles Dam navigation lock
9/9/2021
An out-of-season outage will close The Dalles Dam’s navigation lock, Sept. 14-15, 2021. A specialized U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rope-access (climbing) inspection team will be performing an...
21-052 Little Goose Dam temporarily closed to public crossing due to maintenance work
9/8/2021
STARBUCK, Wash. – Officials at Little Goose Lock and Dam will temporarily close public crossing today and tomorrow, Sept. 8 and 9, to support repair work...
Winter Gavins Point releases will be at minimum rates
9/3/2021 UPDATED
Updated: Fort Peck release reductions was incorrectly reported as Sept 6 and has been corrected to Sept. 16. Drought conditions, particularly in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper...
USACE hosting open house teleconference to address erosion threatening Lower Brule
9/3/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, in cooperation with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will hold an open house on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 7p.m. to seek comments on potential...
21-051 Dworshak Dam Visitor Center to change hours after Labor Day weekend
8/31/2021
AHSAHKA, Idaho. – With schools starting up and the summer recreation season winding down, Dworshak Dam’s Visitor Center hours of operation and boat ramp availabilities are changing...
21-050 Winter crossing hours to resume at Lower Granite Dam
8/31/2021
CLARKSTON, Wash. – Lower Granite Lock and Dam will be starting their winter hours for public dam crossing on Monday, Sept. 6...
21-049 No potable water at Charbonneau Park: Dry camping and portable toilets only
8/31/2021
BURBANK, Wash. – Charbonneau park, being unable to supply potable water, will be open to dry camping only for the rest of the season, which ends Sept. 7. Portable toilets will be onsite until Sept. 6...

NWD - News Stories

USACE volunteers apply coat of care during 2021 Paint-A-Thon
9/17/2021 UPDATED
Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District participated in The 2021 Paint-A-Thon held Aug. 21. The event, also known as “Brush-up”, is an annual event sponsored by Project Houseworks...
USACE Seattle District Praises Community Partners as Ballard Locks Fish Ladder Viewing Room Re-opens
9/13/2021
To commemorate the recent renovation of its fish ladder viewing room, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Seattle District held a ribbon cutting ceremony, Aug. 16, 2021, at Lake Washington Ship...
USACE Omaha District enters handshake partnership agreement to use goat grazing to control eastern red cedar trees at Fort Randall
9/2/2021
As stewards of almost 400,000 acres of public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District welcomes opportunities to work together with local organizations and communities who share common...
Mother Nature can be comforting but has scolded (scalded) us this year
9/1/2021
Mother Nature can be comforting and calm but this year it seems like she used our first, middle and last name as she scolded (or scalded) us … “Pacific North [emphasis added] West, what in the world...
USACE completes new high-altitude research laboratory on Pikes Peak
8/31/2021
The Army’s new high-altitude research laboratory at the top of Pikes Peak in Cascade, Colorado, was officially completed on July 1, and is the highest facility of its kind in North America. Built by...
Air Force Academy, USACE break ground on new cyber facility
8/24/2021
The Stillman parade field on the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the site of a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 6 for the new Madera Cyber Innovation Center. U.S. Air Force...
US Air Force Academy preps for construction of state-of-art Madera Cyber Center
8/9/2021
A multimillion-dollar construction project to build a cyber center at the Air Force Academy begins later this summer and will last through 2023. Lieutenant Gen. Richard Clark, the Academy’s...
Acting Assistant Secretary of Army for Civil Works Visits Omaha District
7/22/2021
Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha...
That sounds fishy: fish ladders at high-head dams impractical, largely unneeded
7/19/2021
Humans. What other sentient being designs a tool requiring hands and feet and expects animals without limbs to use it? Alas, the answer is humans.Humans created a ladder for fish, which is quite...
USACE Omaha District receives Nebraska Safety Council Award for 30th consecutive year
7/1/2021 UPDATED
For the 30th consecutive year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, was named one of Nebraska’s Safest Companies with Distinction by the National Safety Council, Nebraska Chapter May 19...