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NWD - News Releases

Average Garrison Dam releases declining to address downstream ice
Missouri River Basin Water Management
2/29/2024 UPDATED
**Updated to note continued decline in releases toward 16,000 cfs ahead of the forecast schedule.** Fluctuations in temperatures in the Bismarck area have resulted in ice formation on the Missouri...
Below average runoff forecast for the upper Missouri River Basin in 2024
Missouri River Water Management Division
2/6/2024
The updated 2024 calendar year runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, continues to be below average. January runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City was 0.4...
Dry conditions expected to persist for the Missouri River Basin
Missouri River Water Management Division
1/5/2024
For the 2023 calendar year, Missouri River Basin runoff above Sioux City, Iowa totaled 30.4 million acre-feet (MAF), 118% of average. Despite the above average runoff last year, the U.S. Army Corps of...
Gavins Point Dam releases reduced to winter release rate
Missouri River Water Management Division
12/6/2023
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began reducing the Gavins Point releases to the winter release rate on November 23 with the navigation flow support season ending on December 1 at St. Louis, MO...
Gavins Point Dam releases to be reduced to winter release rate
Missouri River Water Management Division
11/6/2023
Gavins Point Dam releases will be reduced in late November as flow support to navigation ends. Releases are currently 32,000 cubic feet per second. “We will continue to make releases from Gavins Point...

NWD District - News Releases

Average Garrison Dam releases declining to address downstream ice
Missouri River Basin Water Management
2/29/2024 UPDATED
**Updated to note continued decline in releases toward 16,000 cfs ahead of the forecast schedule.** Fluctuations in temperatures in the Bismarck area have resulted in ice formation on the Missouri...
Dworshak Visitor Center schedule to change in March
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/28/2024
AHSAHKA, Idaho – Dworshak Dam Visitor Center is announcing some upcoming temporary closures and cancellations. These closures are to accommodate staff training requirements and attendance at the Big...
Walla Walla District to hold Small Business Industry Day March 19
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/27/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District is hosting a free Industry Day seminar for business owners and representatives on Tuesday, March 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to...
Public invited to meetings scheduled for upcoming Water Control Manual updates
Kansas City District
2/27/2024
Updates to Water Control Manuals and reviews of the Water Control Plans for Melvern, Pomona and Hillsdale Dams and Reservoirs will be the subject of a series of public meetings held by the Kansas City...
Flood Resiliency Study team to hold second public outreach meeting in Brunswick, Missouri
Kansas City District
2/26/2024
Officials are hosting a public outreach meeting in Brunswick, Missouri, on Monday, March 11, 2024, to discuss progress on the flood resiliency study near Brunswick. The meeting will be hosted by the...
Officials planning to conduct one-day test release at Rathbun Lake
Kansas City District
2/26/2024
Officials plan to conduct a one-day test release from Rathbun Lake later this spring. As part of the detailed design process for the Rathbun Lake Fisheries Section 1135 project, the information...
Army Corps refilling Lake Washington for summer
USACE/Seattle District
2/23/2024
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials began Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations Feb. 15. Water managers are targeting a typical annual refill of the lake to elevation 22 feet this...
Army Corps modernizing Chittenden Locks’ aging equipment
USACE/Seattle District
2/22/2024
U.S. Army Corps replaces and improves small locks' mechanical, electrical and controls equipment Feb. 26, at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle. Phase one, part of a multiphase project, includes...
Walla Walla District re-opens day use sites in LC Valley
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/22/2024
CLARKSTON, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District has re-opened the Greenbelt Boat Ramp day use area to vehicle, boat and pedestrian traffic...
USACE seeks public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for Line 84 Pipeline, Missouri River Crossing Depth of Cover Remediation Project
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
2/21/2024
A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed rehabilitation of a segment of an 8-inch-diameter steel crude oil pipeline, Line 84, owned and operated by the North Dakota Pipeline Company, LLC...
Public invited to attend meeting for Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study
Kansas City District
2/20/2024
Officials will hold a public meeting for the Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study on February 26, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The meeting, which will be held by the Kansas City...
Public crossing at Little Goose Dam limited through Feb. 25
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/16/2024
STARBUCK, Wash. – Public crossing at Little Goose Lock and Dam will be limited to passenger vehicles only (no trailers) until Feb. 25...
USACE awards Russell Creek rehabilitation and improvement contract
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/14/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District has awarded a $1.9 million contract to Northbank Civil & Marine, Inc. to conduct a rehabilitation and improvement project on...
Corps recreation opportunities in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/9/2024
CLARKSTON, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District is clarifying the rules and authorized uses for recreation sites within the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley...
Public scoping meeting to be held for Hillsdale Lake Master Plan revision
Kansas City District
2/8/2024
Officials will hold a public scoping meeting to discuss the Master Plan revision for Hillsdale Lake on February 29, 2024. The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun the process...
Greenbelt Boat Ramp closed until further notice due to safety concerns
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/7/2024
CLARKSTON, Wash.– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District has closed the Greenbelt Boat Ramp day use area in Clarkston, Washington to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until further notice...
Below average runoff forecast for the upper Missouri River Basin in 2024
Missouri River Water Management Division
2/6/2024
The updated 2024 calendar year runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, continues to be below average. January runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City was 0.4...
Malheur Basin begins flood risk management releases this week
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
2/5/2024
VALE, Ore. -- Warm Springs Reservoir and Bully Creek Reservoir will start releasing water for flood risk management starting later this week...
Long Branch Lake holds joint emergency preparedness exercise
Kansas City District
2/1/2024
Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Long Branch Lake in Macon, Missouri, on Jan. 24, 2024, to showcase the joint emergency preparedness between local, state and federal...
Rathbun Lake holds joint emergency preparedness exercise
Kansas City District
2/1/2024
Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Rathbun Lake in Centerville, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 2024, to showcase the joint emergency preparedness between local, state and federal...

News Stories from across NWD

Sunken treasure: Fish Attractor Program at Pomme de Terre Lake benefits environment and recreators alike
Kansas City District
2/21/2024
On an unseasonably warm day in February, the sun was shining and hardly a cloud could be found in the sky. Staff at Pomme de Terre Lake, along with staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation,...
Army Corps of Engineers publishes proposed rule on protection of historic properties
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
2/12/2024
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works released a proposed rule to remove Appendix C from the United States Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program’s permitting...
Innovative project receives 2023 Department of the Air Force Design Award
Kansas City District
2/6/2024
When you hear the word ‘merit’, you probably think of a great achievement or outstanding accomplishment. Both of those things could be used to describe the work of the Whiteman Air Force Base Resident...
First meeting of task force set to address issues in the Kansas River Basin
Kansas City District
2/2/2024
This month, a dedicated group of professionals took an important step for the health of Kansas water resources. On Jan. 18, 2024, the Kansas Reservoir Sedimentation Task Force, made up of...
A Christmas Story – kind of…
Northwestern Division
1/17/2024
MAUI, Hawaii – When a fire burns hot enough to melt engine blocks and granite countertops, it is at least 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Everything it touches at that point is compromised. So, when it’s...
Missouri River navigation restoration efforts hit major milestone despite challenges
Kansas City District
1/9/2024
2024 will mark five years since the historic flood of 2019 in Kansas City and the surrounding region. Water levels on the Missouri River reached heights not seen for decades and caused an estimated...
From Villain to Victor: History of the Bald Eagle Watch
Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1/4/2024
Bald eagle watches are a popular winter event in many states with wintering eagle populations. Watches began after eagle populations crashed in the 1960s to share information about challenges...
Safety first: Northwestern Division’s occupational health nurse hopes to prioritize health and safety across the division
Kansas City District
1/4/2024
Active construction sites can be dangerous places. Full of heavy mechanical equipment and other hazards, the risk posed to the workers at these sites is often high. But there are other, less obvious...
Scraping Barnacles Gives Salmon A Fighting Chance
USACE/SEATTLE DISTRICT
12/20/2023
Army Corps employees scrape barnacle buildup along the filling tunnels at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle, fulfilling a federal law requirement to help improve endangered salmon’s chances of...
Bridging the waters: USACE districts partner for flood resilience
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
12/18/2023
While partnership shines across many of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District projects, some of the strongest are those with neighboring districts. One such project benefitting from a...
‘Man Overboard’: Dredge vessel crew saves woman swept away by Columbia River
Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
12/15/2023
It was the sound – something like a scream – that first caught their attention...
Omaha District Admins further skills, set PACE of professional development
USACE, Omaha District
12/12/2023
Administrative professionals at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District provide support by carrying out foundational tasks, allowing technical experts the ability to focus solely on...
District Officer Introductory Course offers unique learning experience for junior officers
Kansas City District
12/11/2023
One common misconception about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is that most people who work for the agency are in the military. In fact, of the roughly 37,000 people who work for USACE, only about...
Years of partnership and perseverance leads to historic osprey nesting
Kansas City District
12/5/2023
Osprey, a bird of prey, is the only species of raptor that dives feet first into the water to catch its prey—mainly fish. It’s no surprise then that osprey typically nest in and around bodies of water...
Army water regulators await torrent of winter moisture set to blast the Pacific Northwest
Northwestern Division
12/1/2023
A stream of atmospheric rivers will be flowing through parts the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of December, drastically changing the region’s most recent crisp, dry autumn – a seemingly strange...
Jack of all trades—cartographer, archivist and pilot all in one
Kansas City District
11/30/2023
When asked to describe his job, long-time Kansas City District employee John Atkinson has a humorous response. “Jack of all trades, I guess,” he says. Officially, Atkinson serves as the district’s...
Omaha District, partners successfully complete temporary power mission in San Juan
USACE Omaha District
11/22/2023 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District proudly announced the successful completion of a temporary power mission project in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This Federal Emergency Management Agency led...
Mill Creek restoration an example of interagency collaboration and innovation
Kansas City District
11/17/2023
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on the evening of December 7, 2022, a pressure drop in the Keystone Pipeline system was reported by TC Energy Corporation. Not long after the reported pressure drop, a...
Wilson Lake park ranger provides extraordinary skillset
Kansas City District
11/2/2023
Park rangers are valuable teammates of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, as they are at the front lines working at our lake projects to ensure the public can utilize and enjoy...
United States Air Force Academy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partner on renovation of Cadet Field House
USACE
11/1/2023 UPDATED
The Omaha District is currently partnering with the U.S. Air Force to renovate the Cadet Field House athletic facility at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This facility has...