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NWD - News Releases

2021 runoff forecast remains below average; Virtual spring public meetings April 6
4/6/2021
Reservoir inflows in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper Basin) were well-below average in March. The updated 2021 upper Basin runoff forecast is 21.3 million acre-feet (MAF), 83%...
Mississippi River Commission and Corps of Engineers tour Missouri River
4/5/2021
Leaders from The Mississippi River Commission along with leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured the Missouri River Mar. 29 – Apr. 1. Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, chief of engineers and...
Missouri River virtual spring public meetings to be held April 6
3/25/2021
The Missouri River Water Management Division invites the public to participate in one of two virtual public meetings scheduled for April 6. The meetings will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. central...
2021 runoff forecast remains below average; Virtual spring public meeting set for April 6
3/4/2021 UPDATED
*** Updated to add links to schedule for virtual public meetings *** Reservoir inflows in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper Basin) were well-below average in February. The 2021...
Gavins Point releases increased slightly ahead of colder temperatures
2/5/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased Gavins Point releases from 17,000 cubic feet per second to 19,000 cfs at noon Friday. The National Weather Service’s forecast indicates the lower Missouri...

NWD District - News Releases

21-019 Dworshak Dam discharges to increase to 7,800 cfs for upcoming week
4/9/2021
AHSAHKA, Idaho –Dworshak Dam will be increasing releases from 6,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 7,800 cfs to support hatchery releases, which resume Monday, April 12...
21-018 JOINT RELEASE: Federal agencies increase Boise River flows for irrigation season
4/8/2021
BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation will gradually increase Boise River flows through the City of Boise from approximately 250 to 500 cubic feet per second...
South Jetty rehab close parts of Fort Stevens State Park
4/7/2021
South Jetty rehabilitation will temporarily close the observation tower at Lot “C” at Fort Stevens State Park beginning April 19. Lot “C” and the bathrooms remain open for public access but the tower...
2021 runoff forecast remains below average; Virtual spring public meetings April 6
4/6/2021
Reservoir inflows in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa (upper Basin) were well-below average in March. The updated 2021 upper Basin runoff forecast is 21.3 million acre-feet (MAF), 83%...
Some campsites temporarily closed at Slough Creek Park due to nesting bald eagles
4/6/2021
Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District announced that a portion of campsites at Slough Creek Park will be delayed reopening due to the recent discovery of a pair of...
Mississippi River Commission and Corps of Engineers tour Missouri River
4/5/2021
Leaders from The Mississippi River Commission along with leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured the Missouri River Mar. 29 – Apr. 1. Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, chief of engineers and...
21-017 Parking lot at Mill Creek to be closed April 6 for paving
4/1/2021
Walla Walla, WA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) will be paving the parking lot adjacent to the Mill Creek Office building on April 6. This work will result in the...
21-016 Dworshak Dam discharges to decrease to 6,900 cfs for upcoming week
4/1/2021
AHSAHKA, Idaho –Dworshak Dam will be decreasing releases from 9,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 6,900 cfs to conserve water between hatchery releases, which resume Monday, April 12. Current basin...
USACE announces release plans at Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs
4/1/2021
OMAHA, Neb – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District announced that maximum combined releases are not expected to exceed 200 cubic feet per second this year. Significant rainfall could...
21-015 McNary Lock and Dam to resume use of laser, test acoustic device to deter birds and protect salmon
3/31/2021
UMATILLA, Ore. – The US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District will resume use of bird deterring lasers, and will be testing a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) to prevent birds from preying on...

NWD - News Stories

Ammunition Supply Point expansion opens on Fort Carson
3/30/2021
The Fort Carson Army Field Support Battalion hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of new facilities at the Ammunition Supply Point on Fort Carson, Colorado, on March 19...
Corps of Engineers partners with states in fight against invasive aquatic plants
3/19/2021
Butomus umbellatus may conjure up images of a hippopotamus belly, but in reality, it is flowering rush, an aquatic invasive plant species that poses a grave threat to the Columbia River Basin’s...
Containing the Flood of 1996
2/1/2021
One of the biggest floods the Portland District faced in the late 20th century occurred in February 1996 and caused millions of dollars in damage to the region. The District played a crucial role in...
Corps partners with Boise flood control district to create predictive model
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
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...

NWD District - News Stories

Ammunition Supply Point expansion opens on Fort Carson
3/30/2021
The Fort Carson Army Field Support Battalion hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of new facilities at the Ammunition Supply Point on Fort Carson, Colorado, on March 19...
Corps of Engineers partners with states in fight against invasive aquatic plants
3/19/2021
Butomus umbellatus may conjure up images of a hippopotamus belly, but in reality, it is flowering rush, an aquatic invasive plant species that poses a grave threat to the Columbia River Basin’s...
Brig. Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger speaks to Northwestern Division priorities during trip to Lucky Peak
3/10/2021
Brig. Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger, commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division, came to Boise recently, to meet with Congressional staff, public officials and stakeholders...
Finding a place at the Corps
3/5/2021
Finding the perfect career isn’t easy, but for Jeannette Wilson, becoming the operations project manager (OPM) at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam was like finding gold at the end of the rainbow...
Defining Hydropower: a glimpse into the world of a power plant operator
2/9/2021
Power plant operators are an integral to running a dam. But what does it mean to be an operator? To gain a better understanding of the job, we interviewed three power plant operators who work at dams...
Divers perform inspection of Ice Harbor’s Removable Spillway Weir
2/9/2021
For the Corps of Engineers, the onset of colder weather signals the beginning of dive season.While perhaps not an official season, most dive work is scheduled between November and March, when salmon...
Veteran park ranger at Lower Granite teams up with service dog
2/9/2021
“I am 10th generation to serve,” Emily Klinefelter, Park Ranger with Lower Granite Natural Resource Office, said. “My grandmother filled my head with dreams about being a sailor. She served in WWII...
Initial public scoping a success for Lewis and Clark Lake, Gavins Point Dam master plan update
2/4/2021
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will reap the future benefits at Lewis and Clark Lake recreation area in Yankton, South Dakota, after the Gavins Point Dam project master plan update, currently...
Walla Walla District cost engineers provide expertise and support to FEMA and other federal agencies
2/3/2021
Natural disasters like floods and hurricanes can severely damage homes, businesses and infrastructure. Those who suffer damages in natural disasters can apply to FEMA for financial assistance. When...
Containing the Flood of 1996
2/1/2021
One of the biggest floods the Portland District faced in the late 20th century occurred in February 1996 and caused millions of dollars in damage to the region. The District played a crucial role in...