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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

Northwestern Division transfers command
Northwestern Division
6/28/2024
Brig. Gen. William C. “Bill” Hannan, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division in a ceremony at Bonneville Lock and Dam on the Columbia River today...
Gavins Point releases lowered to 13,000 cfs
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/28/2024
Releases from Gavins Point Dam will average 13,000 cubic feet per second for Friday, June 28. The pool elevation at Gavins Point Dam is currently 1207.37 feet...
Gavins Point releases continue to decline
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/27/2024 UPDATED
***Average Releases from Fort Randall were incorrectly reported as 8,600 cfs for today. The average for the day is 4,000 cfs.***Releases from Gavins Point dam will continue to decline. Inflows into...
Spillway gates at Gavins Point Dam closing
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/26/2024
Spillway operations at Gavins Point Dam are ending following recent heavy rains.At 8 a.m. today, June 26, the gates at Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, will close with all releases passing...
Keeping key stakeholders informed of regional response
Northwestern Division
6/25/2024 UPDATED
*** Corrected to say northwestern Iowa. *** Key stakeholders in the upper Midwest are staying informed with daily conference calls. These calls include runoff conditions and weather forecasts,...

NWD District - News Releases

Northwestern Division transfers command
Northwestern Division
6/28/2024
Brig. Gen. William C. “Bill” Hannan, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division in a ceremony at Bonneville Lock and Dam on the Columbia River today...
USACE seeks public input to Albeni Falls Dam Project Master Plan
USACE/Seattle District
6/28/2024
Army Corps seeks public feedback on its Falls Dam Project Master Plan...
Gavins Point releases lowered to 13,000 cfs
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/28/2024
Releases from Gavins Point Dam will average 13,000 cubic feet per second for Friday, June 28. The pool elevation at Gavins Point Dam is currently 1207.37 feet...
Paving project delays at “The Mudhole” stall recreation season
USACE/Seattle District
6/27/2024
Discoveries of unsuitable base layers in sections under current pavement extend "The Mudhole" paving project, putting an indefinite stall on opening for the 2024 season...
Contracts awarded to replace failing creek culverts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, ensure uninterrupted McChord Field access
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
6/27/2024
Efforts to maintain the transportation routes of one of the Nation’s busiest military bases reached a significant milestone this spring, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District,...
Gavins Point releases continue to decline
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/27/2024 UPDATED
***Average Releases from Fort Randall were incorrectly reported as 8,600 cfs for today. The average for the day is 4,000 cfs.***Releases from Gavins Point dam will continue to decline. Inflows into...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District media availability for June 2024 Severe Weather event
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
6/26/2024
Col. Robert J. Newbauer, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, will be available to provide updates regarding the June 2024 Severe Weather event to media at 1:30 p.m. today at...
Spillway gates at Gavins Point Dam closing
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/26/2024
Spillway operations at Gavins Point Dam are ending following recent heavy rains.At 8 a.m. today, June 26, the gates at Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, will close with all releases passing...
Keeping key stakeholders informed of regional response
Northwestern Division
6/25/2024 UPDATED
*** Corrected to say northwestern Iowa. *** Key stakeholders in the upper Midwest are staying informed with daily conference calls. These calls include runoff conditions and weather forecasts,...
Inflows to Gavins Point reservoir appear to be peaking
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/23/2024
The latest update from the National Weather Service indicates that inflows into Gavins Point Dam appear to be peaking. The inflows into Gavins Point are currently 35,500 cubic feet per second from a...
Updated release plans for Gavins Point and Fort Randall dams
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/22/2024
Due to continued rainfall and forecast inflows into the Gavins Point reservoir from the Niobrara River, and other tributaries, releases from Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams will be changing...
Reservoir release changes at Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/21/2024
Excessive rainfall in eastern South Dakota, northeastern Nebraska, and northwestern Iowa, has led to increased runoff downstream of Gavins Point Dam. The lower releases will begin today, and will...
Second peak of Fort Peck flow test resuming
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/17/2024
Releases from Fort Peck will begin stepping up as part of the second peak of the Fort Peck flow test starting today. Releases from Fort Peck will be gradually increased, starting today, June 17, to...
Next phase of Fort Peck flow test delayed
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/11/2024
The second peak from Fort Peck Dam was initially scheduled to begin tomorrow, June 13 but will be delayed until at least June 17...
Media invited to attend Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership 2023 Excellence in Partnerships Award ceremony
Kansas City District
6/11/2024
Members of the media are invited as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Corps Foundation, presents the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership with the 2023 National...
Albeni Falls Dam raises Lake Pend Oreille levels
USACE/Seattle District
6/7/2024
Army Corps is adjusting operations to increase rate of refill on Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. USACE officials anticipate being at summer pool (2062.0 feet) around 23 June...
Elevated E. coli levels close Gremlin Cove Beach at Harlan County Lake
Kansas City District
6/6/2024
Due to high E. Coli concentrations, officials at Harlan County Lake have closed the Gremlin Cove Beach. Officials will retest the water on June 11, 2024, and results will be available the following...
Albeni Falls Dam hosts Natural Resource Master Plan Meetings
USACE/Seattle District
6/6/2024
Army Corps invites the public to give feedback on revisions to the Albeni Falls Dam Master Plan during its Master Plan meetings, June 24 - 25...
May runoff slightly above average; Fort Peck flow test continues
Missouri River Water Management Division
6/4/2024
Active rainfall patterns across the Midwest provided much needed moisture to several portions of the Missouri River Basin. Large areas of Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, eastern South Dakota, and...
Port of Umatilla provides tree maintenance, gravel, playgrounds for real estate contract transaction
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
5/31/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Port of Umatilla paid $460,000 of in-kind services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District for a real estate contract transaction. This is one of the largest...

News Stories from across NWD

Offutt proactive against potential flood waters
Offutt Air Force Base
6/26/2024
Offutt Air Force Base leadership, under the direction of Col. Mark Howard, 55th Wing commander, took proactive steps in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen flood defenses...
Force multipliers: 51 Charlies benefit both USACE and U.S. Army
Kansas City District
6/21/2024
Behind almost every project at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is at least one contracting action. Depending on the size of the project, there could be dozens. Behind every contract is a dedicated...
Risk and reward: An innovative strategy pays off
Kansas City District
6/11/2024
The toughest problems require the most creative solutions. Being willing to think outside the box to find the answers can feel risky, but often the rewards are great. This is something the U.S. Army...
Omaha District partners with WOZU group to plant native vegetation near Standing Rock bike trails
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
5/30/2024
A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District’s Oahe Project traveled to Cannon Ball, North Dakota May 16 to participate in a planting project with the WOZU group that will incorporate...
Ground broken on Offutt’s final flood recovery campuses
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
5/23/2024
Two groundbreaking ceremonies took place at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, May 3, 2024, signifying the final stages of seven U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District flood recovery projects on...
Commentary: Macho men make mortal mistakes
Northwestern Division
5/22/2024
Every year, USACE publishes updated statistics for water safety (or lack thereof) at its project locations throughout the country. In the eight years I’ve been working for USACE, the statistics on...
The Kansas City District’s Regulatory Program: a balance between the environment, development and public interest
Kansas City District
5/17/2024
Ever wonder what the Regulatory Branch does? We asked several program and project managers and David Hibbs, chief, regulatory program branch, to tell us about the work they do; they do a lot that you...
National Levee Database, the resource you may not know you need
Kansas City District
5/10/2024
Levee – is it dry? Is it going to break? Perhaps you’ve heard them mentioned in 1970s songs or on the news. We’ve heard the term, but what is a levee? Where are they? What do they do? Well – a levee...
Striking a chord: District review appraiser and musician on being part of something bigger than himself
Kansas City District
5/9/2024
The success of an organization often depends on having an effective support staff. An organization with a mission set as large and varied as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires many support...
Growing the next generation: Safety and occupational health professionals gather for annual conference
Kansas City District
5/8/2024
Springtime in the Midwest can be volatile as temperatures fluctuate and severe weather is common. This time of year often prompts safety drills across the region. Perhaps it was not a coincidence then...
‘Rooted in trust and respect’: Kansas Citys Levees team continues to deliver on commitment to Kansas City metro area
Kansas City District
5/7/2024
Engineering, construction, planning, design — these are hard sciences, which require a systemic, methodical approach. While these sciences are by no means easy, they are easy to quantify. More...
Full transparency: National Inventory of Dams a ‘powerful tool’ in emergency planning
Kansas City District
5/7/2024
No news is good news. This common phrase can apply to countless scenarios but when it comes to dam safety, no news really is good news. Dam safety is something that most people probably don’t think...
Operation Blue Roof training prepares district employees for upcoming hurricane season
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
5/3/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District’s Readiness Branch held training May 1 inside the district’s Emergency Operations Center to prepare Operation Blue Roof volunteers for the upcoming...
‘What we do here matters’: Smithville Lake conducts vital periodic inspection of dam to ensure safety
Kansas City District
4/30/2024
It’s not every day that the stilling basin at Smithville Dam sits empty. However, before an inspection of the structure can be completed, it must be emptied so that staff from the lake and the Kansas...
USACE Omaha District, Air Force, Wisconsin celebrate groundbreaking for new fuel facility at General Mitchell Airfield
USACE Omaha District
4/24/2024
Ground has been broken and a significant milestone reached as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, 128th Air Refueling Wing and the state of Wisconsin...
Improving quality of life at Whiteman Air Force Base
Kansas City District
4/16/2024
Everyone knows home is where the heart is. The Whiteman Air Force Base Resident Office with the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands this. That’s why they put their heart...
Enabling the warfighter: Fort Riley barracks renovations help to improve quality of life for soldiers
Kansas City District
4/11/2024
Fort Riley, a U.S. Army installation located in north central Kansas, is known for many things: storied home of “The Big Red One,” early duty station of the infamous Gen. Custer, former home to two...
USACE collaborates with City of Gooding to reduce flood risk, improve safety
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
4/3/2024
Approximately 40 years ago, when Diane Houser first moved to the City of Gooding, Idaho, she noted deteriorating channel walls along the Little Wood River, a tributary of the Big Wood River in Idaho’s...
Serving the Northwest from afar
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
3/11/2024
Every day, Gabrielle Marucci sits down at her desk and logs into her computer, checking her email and meeting schedule. Her desk sits next to a window and, outside, one might expect to see scenery...
What a leader looks like
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
3/5/2024
“What does being a leader mean to you?”This was a question posed by Lt. Col. ShaiLin KingSlack, Commander of the Walla Walla District, when she spoke to tribal students at schools in Pendleton,...