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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

Weekly calls designed to keep public updated on status of Fort Peck test flows
Missouri River Basin Water Management
4/23/2024
Beginning Weds., April 24, the Missouri River Water Management Division will host weekly virtual meetings to provide updates on the status of test flows from Fort Peck Dam in Montana. Test flows to...
Upper basin runoff forecast improves, remains below average; Fort Peck test flows to begin in late April
Missouri River Basin Water Management
4/8/2024
The latest 2024 calendar year runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa shows slight improvement.   “The overall lack of snowpack in both the plains and the mountains has led...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develops tentative timeline to reopen Fort McHenry Channel following Key Bridge collapse
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
4/4/2024 UPDATED
BALTIMORE – As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District continues working with local, state and federal partners to clear the wreckage along the Fort McHenry Channel following the...
Missouri River Basin spring public meetings announced
Missouri River Basin Water Management
3/15/2024
Public Meetings are held each spring and fall across the Missouri River basin. Upper Basin spring public meetings will be held the week of March 25 in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana...
Despite early runoff, upper basin runoff forecast below average; Gavins Point releases to increase for navigation flow support
Missouri River Basin Water Management
3/7/2024
A warm February led to increased snowmelt and runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa. February runoff was 1.8 million acre-feet, 161% of average with above average runoff in every...

NWD District - News Releases

Weekly calls designed to keep public updated on status of Fort Peck test flows
Missouri River Basin Water Management
4/23/2024
Beginning Weds., April 24, the Missouri River Water Management Division will host weekly virtual meetings to provide updates on the status of test flows from Fort Peck Dam in Montana. Test flows to...
Revised Master Plan for Harry S. Truman Lake now available
Kansas City District
4/22/2024
Officials have finalized the Master Plan revision for Harry S. Truman Lake and the report is now available to the public. A Master Plan is the guidance document that describes how the resources of the...
Cherry Creek Dam and flood safety event to boost community awareness
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
4/22/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, in collaboration with Denver-area flood risk management partners, will host a community event with displays, gadgets, gear, scientists, engineers and...
Team holds meetings across the region for Lower Missouri River system plan
Kansas City District
4/17/2024
Officials will hold a series of public meeting for the Lower Missouri Flood Risk and Resiliency Study, also known as the system plan, throughout the region in April. The meetings, which will be held...
Public invited to attend meeting for Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study
Kansas City District
4/17/2024
Officials will hold a public meeting for the Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study on April 25, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The meeting, which will be held by the Kansas City District,...
Lower Monumental Dam closes public dam crossing April 16 through 18
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
4/16/2024
KAHLOTUS, Wash. – Officials at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam will be closing public dam crossings April 16 through 18 to perform maintenance...
Road NF-1993 across Cougar Dam closed this summer for construction
Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
4/15/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will close both lanes of Road NF-1993 across Cougar Dam, Apr. 15 to Sept. 30...
Col. Robert Newbauer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin Fort Peck Flow Test
USACE OMAHA DISTRICT
4/12/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a flow test at Fort Peck starting no sooner than April 26, 2024, with a scheduled completion date of no later than September 1, 2024...
Walla Walla District to host employee walk in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District
4/9/2024
WHAT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District will be hosting an employee awareness walk in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM). The walk around the Walla Walla...
Upper basin runoff forecast improves, remains below average; Fort Peck test flows to begin in late April
Missouri River Basin Water Management
4/8/2024
The latest 2024 calendar year runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa shows slight improvement.   “The overall lack of snowpack in both the plains and the mountains has led...
Aquatic restoration project at Harlan County Lake making progress
Kansas City District
4/8/2024
Construction of the $9.25 million aquatic ecosystem restoration project continues to make progress at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska. The project is a partnership between the Kansas City District, U.S...
USACE Botanical Garden earns ArbNet Level II accreditation
USACE/Seattle District
4/5/2024
The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden achieved Level II Accreditation from The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program established a widely recognized set...
Public input sought on Water Injection Dredging Study and Demonstration Draft Study Report
Kansas City District
4/5/2024
The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has prepared a draft environmental assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation for the Water Injection...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develops tentative timeline to reopen Fort McHenry Channel following Key Bridge collapse
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
4/4/2024 UPDATED
BALTIMORE – As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District continues working with local, state and federal partners to clear the wreckage along the Fort McHenry Channel following the...
Investigation into vandalism at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam cultural monument underway
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
4/4/2024
Walla Walla, WA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, is aware of a recent act of vandalism at Indian Memorial Park, located at the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam. The district condemns...
Public crossing at Little Goose Dam to have possible delays until May 2
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
4/2/2024
STARBUCK, Wash. – Travelers using the public crossing at Little Goose Lock and Dam may experience delays of 2 to 3 hours until May 2 due to extensive equipment replacement efforts...
Walla Walla District reopens navigation locks after extended outage; completes work on multiple BIL-funded projects
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
4/1/2024
COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS, Ore. & Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District reopened navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers on March 29 after an eleven-week outage. This...
US Army Corps of Engineers partners with Union Sportsman Alliance to construct docks at Hood Park
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
3/28/2024
BURBANK, Wash. – Construction for two new fishing docks will begin at the Hood Park ponds on April 2. Visitors should stay clear of work areas during construction and respect all barriers put in...
Corps of Engineers helps USDA usher in new agriculture research era for Pacific Northwest
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
3/27/2024
Washington State University (WSU) students in Pullman can expect to hear sounds of new construction at the former Johnson Hall site, as the next phase of its replacement begins spring 2024. The new...
Dworshak announces a few changes at Dent Acres Recreation Area
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALLA WALLA DISTRICT
3/27/2024
AHSAHKA, Idaho – As the weather warms up, Dworshak Dam would like to make a few announcements concerning Dent Acres Recreation Area...

News Stories from across NWD

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,...
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...