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News Stories and News Releases from the Northwestern Division and the NWD Districts including the Kansas City, Omaha, Portland, Seattle and Walla Walla Districts. 

NWD - News Releases

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Signs Partnership Agreement with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
11/17/2022
The U.S. Army and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society signed a partnership agreement today that provides Native American students with formal access to Army Science, Technology,...
New lifetime pass available for Military Veterans and Gold Star Families to access public lands
11/10/2022
The Biden-Harris administration announced that starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to thousands of federal...
Gavins Point Dam releases to be reduced to winter release rate in late November
11/4/2022
Six public meetings were held during the week of Oct. 24 to present current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system for the remainder of 2022...
Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day
10/31/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, November 11...
Drought conditions worsen in upper Missouri River Basin
10/7/2022 UPDATED
The time for the Fort Peck meeting was updated to 11 a.m. Due to scheduling conflicts, the St. Louis meeting has been canceled. September precipitation was once again below average in the Missouri...

NWD District - News Releases

22-075 Gateway Park transitioning to natural area
11/22/2022
CLARKSTON, Wash. – Gateway Park, located near the Snake River at the corner of Bridge Street and Riverview Street in Clarkston, Washington, will be converted into a natural area by the U.S. Army Corps...
22-074 Little Goose Dam to replace 5 waterstops in the next 18 months
11/22/2022
STARBUCK, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, awarded a task order on August 8 for five waterstop replacements at Little Goose Lock and Dam...
22-073 USACE and Mill Creek Flood Control Zone District sign Project Partnership Agreement
11/21/2022
Walla Walla, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, and Mill Creek Flood Control Zone District signed a Project Partnership Agreement for the Mill Creek Section 205 Project on...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Signs Partnership Agreement with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
11/17/2022
The U.S. Army and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society signed a partnership agreement today that provides Native American students with formal access to Army Science, Technology,...
USACE held event for BIL funded Missouri, Kansas River repairs in Atchison, Kansas
11/16/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, held a launch event to celebrate the start of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funded Base Stabilization Navigation Project (BSNP) repair...
Cost share agreement signed for feasibility study in Holt County, Missouri
11/15/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, and the State of Missouri partnered to sign a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement for a feasibility study on the area of river miles 515 to 450,...
22-072 Military Veterans and Gold Star Families have a new interagency pass option to access public lands
11/14/2022
AHSAHKA, Idaho – The Biden-Harris administration announced that starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to access...
New lifetime pass available for Military Veterans and Gold Star Families to access public lands
11/10/2022
The Biden-Harris administration announced that starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to thousands of federal...
Smithville Lake to host annual managed deer hunt for individuals with ambulatory disabilities on Nov. 19 and 20
11/9/2022
The annual managed deer hunt hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake for individuals with ambulatory disabilities will take place on Nov. 19 and 20, 2022. This event allows...
Gavins Point Dam releases to be reduced to winter release rate in late November
11/4/2022
Six public meetings were held during the week of Oct. 24 to present current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system for the remainder of 2022...
22-071 Lower Granite reopens Chestnut Park restrooms
11/2/2022
Clarkston, Wash. – The Lower Granite Natural Resource Management staff are happy to announce the reopening of the Chestnut Park restrooms located on the Snake River in Clarkston, Washington. These...
Safety updates for Standing Bear Lake Draft Environmental Assessment
11/1/2022
OMAHA, Neb. --The recent announcement for proposed recreational and fishery improvements at Standing Bear Lake has led to many questions concerning trail access at the lake during the construction...
Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day
10/31/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, November 11...
Public Meeting Notice – Open House for the Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant on Nov. 16
10/28/2022
The public is invited to an informative Open House for the Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, from 4:30...
22-070 US Army Corps of Engineers takes turbine out of service at Little Goose Lock and Dam to inspect and repair oil leak
10/25/2022
STARBUCK, Wash. – Maintenance staff at Little Goose Lock and Dam have confirmed an oil leak in the Main Unit #1 turbine system, some of which was released to the Snake River. The turbine is part of...
22-069 Chestnut Park restrooms closed until further notice due to vandalism
10/21/2022
Clarkston, Wash. – The Lower Granite Natural Resource Management staff are closing the Chestnut Park restrooms located on the Snake River in Clarkston, Washington until further notice...
USACE seeks public comment on Environmental Assessment for horizontal directional drill pipe replacement project in Iowa
10/19/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District is seeking public comment to evaluate the impacts of the proposed Northern Natural Gas Company Odebolt Creek Horizontal Directional Drill Pipe...
22-068 Dworshak Dam releases to fluctuate between 1,600 and 3,000 cfs on Oct. 26 & 27 for turbine maintenance testing
10/19/2022
AHSAHKA, Idaho –Dworshak Dam releases will remain at 1,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) through the end of October as the reservoir begins fall operations. The current reservoir elevation is...
Rock repairs to start at Tuttle Creek Dam, portions of dam closed to public
10/19/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District has announced an upcoming construction project to repair the rock overlay on the remaining portions of the upstream side of Tuttle Creek Dam...
Army Corps to begin two-month dredging operations at Everett Harbor, Snohomish River, December 18
10/19/2022
Army Corps will begin maintenance dredging operations on the lower settling basin of Everett Harbor and Snohomish River Dec. 18, 2022. Operations will run 24/7 and are expected to be completed by Feb...

News Stories from across NWD

Walla Walla Temporary Power Team installs generators in the wake of Hurricane Fiona
11/21/2022
On September 19, the day after Hurricane Fiona made landfall near Punta Tocón, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Planning and Response Team (PRT) boarded a plane in...
Passion and Purpose Take Priority at USACE
11/16/2022
Design engineer changes focus, from building luxury condos and corporate skyscrapers, to building projects that serve the community and give her a sense of purpose...
Omaha District Cultural Resources Program partners to preserve the past of public lands
11/15/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District owns and operates multiple lakes and reservoirs that provide navigation, flood control, water supply, fish and wildlife, water quality, hydropower, and...
From Florida, Puerto Rico to Kansas: 249th Engineer Battalion practice industry skills at 38th International Lineman’s Rodeo and beyond
10/19/2022
Soldiers from the 249th Engineer Battalion, Prime Power, put their lineman skills to the test when they competed in the 38th International Lineman’s Rodeo at the National Agricultural Center and Hall...
Kansas City District 2023 LDP Kick-off: understanding to support
10/17/2022
A group of 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District employees embarked on a four-day training exercise that served as the Kansas City District 2023 Leadership Development Program, or LDP,...
USACE volunteers complete FEMA mission assignment in aftermath of Colorado wildfires
10/6/2022
OMAHA, Neb. – 38 volunteers from the Omaha and Kansas City Districts, including several volunteers from Portland and Seattle, recently completed a six-month Federal Emergency Management Agency debris...
Learning alongside each other: Kansas City District ERDC-U graduates
9/26/2022
Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District employees recently graduated from a six-month program called ERDC University on Sept. 15, 2022, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, through the U.S. Army...
Never forget my roots: Alfredo Rodriguez, civil engineer
9/26/2022
At the age of 24, Alfredo Rodriguez moved from Bogotá, Colombia, to the U.S. to start a whirlwind adventure that would take him around the country and lead him full circle to the U.S. Army Corps of...
Setting a drought on fire
9/23/2022
Picture this – it’s July and the temperatures are in the high 90s. Weeds and grasses are mature. You see smoke on a hill in the distance – smoke means fire. You worry because prairie fires can get out...
Exploring the USACE Walla Walla District: An Engineering Student’s Journey
9/20/2022
“I’ve always thought that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was all about hydropower. I didn’t think there was too much to it.”...
New fish ladder planned for the Mill Creek Diversion Dam
9/7/2022
The Mill Creek Channel is getting an update...
USACE, USBR celebrate completion of Lower Yellowstone joint construction project
8/18/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation co-hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony in July to celebrate the completion of the fish bypass channel and structural weir...
Kansas City District’s Alexander continues ERDC University Project
8/16/2022
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District’s Jesseca Alexander is half-way through her major research project with the U.S Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) six-month...
Uncovering the past: Mastodon jaw found on Corps land
8/5/2022
It was windy, and the little boat bounced on whitecaps as it crossed the Columbia River. On May 9, Walla Walla District archeologists and natural resource management staff were heading out to meet...
Opportunities and Support Abound at the Corps
7/29/2022 UPDATED
Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is like “getting into the gates of heaven.”...
Feral Hog Elimination at Missouri Lakes
7/28/2022
When it comes to invasive species, it can be hard to find success stories. The Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership is bucking that trend and seeing success in eliminating feral hogs from...
Coordinated action critical to preventing flooding in Portland, Vancouver
7/26/2022
PORTLAND, Ore. – Coordinated operations of storage reservoirs across the Columbia Basin reduced water levels by nine feet near Portland and Vancouver in mid-June preventing additional flood damage...
Kansas City District embraces sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives
7/1/2022
The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed several solar field projects that greatly contribute to the sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives at the Wilson Lake Project...
Corps trains for ‘Super Bowl of disasters’
6/24/2022
The Corps of Engineers' Northwestern Division led a regional exercise June 14-16 to prepare its teams of emergency planners, operators, and engineers for the possibility of a severe earthquake from...
Omaha District leaders visit Fort Randall Dam to discuss multi-million-dollar construction contract
6/24/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Voith Hydro North America, held a major unit rehabilitation partnering meeting to discuss a collaboration on the Ft. Randall hydropower plant...