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NWD - News Stories

Hydropower: Mathematician brings energy to new position
12/30/2020
In the wet world of hydropower, a former math teacher has just donned a watery mantle to meet the changing demands of one of the oldest sources of energy...
New bridge restores full McChord airfield capabilities
12/22/2020
A McChord C-17 Globemaster III took off Dec. 22 over the new underground bridge to commemorate the reopening of the McChord Field runway to its full, 10,100-foot operational length. This follows the...
Crowded crest in Portland confronts crafty crew of engineers, planners
12/14/2020
The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus sits on a 450-foot-tall basalt-rock hill south of downtown. Marquam Hill, also known as “Pill Hill” due to the amount of medical facilities...
Kansas City District celebrates ribbon cutting at Gasconade River Office and presents awards
12/5/2020
Col. Bill Hannan, commander of the Kansas City District, presided over a ribbon cutting for a new work facility and presented awards at our Gasconade River Office location, near Hermann, Mo. and later...
Amid challenges of COVID-19, a community organization contributes to Corps public lands
12/2/2020
Despite the months of May through September being the height of the recreation season for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public lands, in March the USACE conducted an orderly shutdown of all...

NWD District - News Stories

Corps partners with Flood Control District 10 to create predictive model to manage the Boise River
1/15/2021
The Corps is using the latest technology to develop tools that communities in Idaho can use to predict flooding. The technology: Two-dimensional modelling...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moves to eradicate invasive species
1/12/2021 UPDATED
Since the discovery of zebra mussels at the South Dakota Big Bend powerhouse intake gates in the summer of 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has conducted an internal analysis of the potential...
Omaha District receives distinguished honors for executing record-setting $595 million small business program
1/12/2021
Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters Office of Small Business hosts a Small Business Awards Ceremony to recognize districts and individuals across the organization who have made...
Dam, that’s a lot of work: Bonneville buildings get face lift, cupolas
1/4/2021
Portland District put new roofs – one of the most vital parts of a building in the rainy northwest – on the Bonneville Project Office and Auditorium buildings, which are included in the list of...
Hydropower to the people: Mathematician brings energy to new position
12/30/2020
In the wet world of hydropower, a former math teacher has just donned a watery mantle to meet the changing demands of one of the oldest sources of energy...
New bridge restores full McChord airfield capabilities
12/22/2020
A McChord C-17 Globemaster III took off Dec. 22 over the new underground bridge to commemorate the reopening of the McChord Field runway to its full, 10,100-foot operational length. This follows the...
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center assists Kansas City Corps with hydrodynamic dredge
12/22/2020
In a demonstration of collaboration and innovation, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center deployed an experimental asset and team of experts to the Missouri River in the Kansas City...
Zorinsky building maintenance workers help ensure safe environment during pandemic
12/9/2020
The COVID – 19 pandemic has brought about many unique challenges and stresses to our daily lives, and for many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District employees it has changed the way they...
Heartland Corps celebrates ribbon cutting at Gasconade River Office and presents awards
12/5/2020
Col. Bill Hannan, commander of the Kansas City District, presided over a ribbon cutting for a new work facility and presented awards at our Gasconade River Office location, near Hermann, Mo. and later...
Amid challenges of COVID-19, a community organization contributes to USACE public lands
12/2/2020
Despite the months of May through September being the height of the recreation season for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public lands, in March the USACE conducted an orderly shutdown of all...

NWD - News Releases

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases Work Plan for Fiscal 2021 Civil Works Appropriations
1/19/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on Jan. 19, 2021...
Missouri River reservoir system prepared for 2021 runoff season
1/7/2021
The full flood control capacity of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System is available for the 2021 runoff season. “All 2020 flood water stored in the annual flood control zone has been...
Gavins Point Dam releases reduced to winter release rate
12/8/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began reducing the Gavins Point releases to the winter release rate on Nov. 24, marking the end of flow support for the 2020 Missouri River navigation season...
Army Corps of Engineers rescinds guidance letter on easements to support water supply storage agreements
12/4/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday rescinded Real Estate Policy Guidance Letter No. 26: Easements to Support Water Supply Storage Agreements and Surplus Water Agreements, dated 10 June 2008...
Turbine at The Dalles Dam spills up to 200 gallons of oil, Corps deploys booms, skimmers and removes unit from service
12/3/2020
On Dec. 3, a thrust hub cooling water pipe broke, spilling up to 200 gallons of oil into the Columbia River at The Dalles Dam. The equipment is part of a fish unit turbine designed to provide...

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UPDATE: Jan. 13 John Day Dam oil spill amount increases after further inspection – now 65 gallons
1/22/2021
After continued inspections and repairs of failed equipment from a Jan. 13 oil loss, technicians at John Day Dam are now reporting the total loss oil to be 65 gallons. The original estimate (Jan. 13)...
Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan for FY 2021 Civil Works Appropriations includes over $97 million for Seattle District projects
1/21/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on January 19, 2021. The work plan includes more than $97 million...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases Work Plan for Fiscal 2021 Civil Works Appropriations
1/19/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on January 19, 2021...
Winter won't stop work on L-536 levee repairs
1/15/2021
Despite winter conditions, work continues on the L-536 levee setback south of Rock Port, Missouri. Repairs to the original in-line portion of the levee are scheduled to be substantially complete...
Public comments sought for Lake Sakakawea (ND) Shoreline Management Plan
1/15/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is seeking public comment as part of the update of the Lake Sakakawea Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). This update is part of a routine five-year...
John Day Dam turbine spills oil into Columbia
1/15/2021
A turbine at John Day Dam in eastern Oregon spilled less than 25 gallons of oil into the Columbia River, Jan. 13. Crewmembers were performing maintenance on the unit and observed the spill after they...
Corps urges water safety while recreating this winter
1/14/2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District reminds all to be prepared for cold water emergencies on or around lakes or rivers this winter. If you fall into the water or...
Corps seeks public comment on draft environmental assessment for emergency replacement of critical farm-to-market bridge in Sweet Grass County, Montana
1/13/2021
A draft environmental assessment for the replacement of a flood-damaged, critical farm-to-market bridge in Sweet Grass County, Montana, is available for public review through Feb. 11, 2021...
Army Corps of Engineers announces publication of 2021 Nationwide Permits
1/13/2021 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today the publication in the Federal Register of the 2021 Nationwide Permits (NWPs). The 12 reissued and four new 2021 NWPs in the rule are necessary...
Seattle Corps of Engineers activates Emergency Operations Center
1/12/2021
SEATTLE — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has declared a district emergency and activated its Emergency Operations Center Jan. 12. The emergency declaration by Col. Alexander “Xander”...