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Division - News Releases

USACE extends comment period on draft National Levee Safety Guidelines
USACE HQ Public Affairs Office
7/19/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it is extending the comment period on the draft first edition of the National Levee Safety Guidelines to Aug. 31, 2024. The guidelines were developed...
System operations returning to normal post flooding
Missouri River Water Management Division
7/4/2024
Significant rainfall led to an above average runoff in the upper Missouri River Basin. June runoff was 6.6 million acre-feet, which is 119% of average and 2.6 MAF higher than forecast. A strong...
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...

District - News Releases

USACE seeks public comment on Winnebago Tribe Broadband Fiber Optic Project
USACE Omaha District
7/15/2024
A proposed alteration of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska/ Winnebago Tribe Broadband Fiber Optic Project, located on the Winnebago Reservation and in the adjacent communities of Emerson, Homer, and...
USACE Walla Walla District welcomes new commander
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
7/12/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Lt. Col. ShaiLin Kingslack relinquished command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, to Lt. Col. Kathryn (Katie) Werback, during a change of command ceremony...
USACE sets timeline for Lucky Peak Lake drawdown
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
7/10/2024
BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District will begin drawing down the water levels of Lucky Peak Lake during the fourth week of July in preparation of the Turner Gulch boat...
Local, state and federal officials to sign cost share agreement for Smokey Hill River restoration study
Kansas City District
7/10/2024
Officials will sign a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement for the Smokey Hill River Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration General Investigations study in a signing ceremony in Salina, Kansas, at the Salina...
Corps of Engineers announces July 12 change of command ceremony
WALLA WALLA U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
7/8/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The public is invited to attend the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, change of command ceremony on Friday, July 12, at 10:00 am...
Dworshak Dam to increase releases beginning July 1st.
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
7/1/2024
AHSAHKA, Idaho – Dworshak Dam releases will increase from 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday July 1 to the maximum powerhouse capacity of 9,500 cfs by the evening of Wednesday July 3 for the...
USACE emphasizes safety during the July Fourth holiday
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
7/1/2024
WALLA WALLA, Wash.– As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emphasizes safety and urges extra caution while recreating on USACE-managed...
Partners working hard to deliver $9.25 million aquatic ecosystem restoration at Harlan County Lake
Kansas City District
7/1/2024
It can be difficult to put into numbers the importance Harlan County Lake has on the surrounding communities on and near the Republican River in south-central Nebraska. To say it plays a large role in...
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...
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,...
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...
USACE to treat Lake Wallula for invasive flowering rush
Walla Walla District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
6/25/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District will be performing up to five five-acre treatments in Lake Wallula, part of the McNary Dam reservoir near the Tri-Cities, with the herbicide...
USACE enacts additional seasonal fire restrictions
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District
6/24/2024
BURBANK, Wash. – The US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District has implemented a seasonal ban on wood fires in all USACE fire rings, grills, and metal containers at Hood Park, Charbonneau Park...
USACE Omaha District continues to support communities along the Missouri River during severe weather
USACE Omaha District
6/24/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District continues to support communities along the Missouri River and its tributaries that have been impacted by flooding or soon might.Over the past 24 hours,...
USACE Omaha District activates Emergency Operations Center to address severe weather incidents along Missouri River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District
6/23/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District has activated its emergency operations center and is supporting multiple communities who might be, or have already been, impacted by flooding along the...
Biden-Harris Administration expands agency efforts to ensure operations are increasingly resilient to climate change impacts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
6/20/2024 UPDATED
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined more than 20 other federal agencies to release its 2024-2027 Climate Adaptation Plan and expand the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to ensure...
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...

News Stories from across the Division

USACE, U.S. Marine Corps finish new fuel station in Georgia
USACE Omaha District
7/19/2024
ALBANY, Ga. -- Marines, civilians and distinguished guests from the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia gathered to celebrate the official opening of a new ground fuel station during a...
Leading the charge against the June 2024 Missouri River floods
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
7/15/2024
When the Missouri River and its tributaries rose above flood stage in late June, the damaging flood waters required an aggressive response and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District led the...
Walla Walla District Welcomes New Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District
7/15/2024 UPDATED
The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held a change of command ceremony where Lt. Col. ShaiLin KingSlack relinquished command to Lt. Col. Katie Werback at the Marcus...
Bear Creek Dam gate maintenance project plans released
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
7/10/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District is planning to replace emergency and service gates at the Bear Creek Dam’s reservoir intake structure in Littleton, Colorado, in December 2024.While...
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...
USACE, Air Force break ground on B-21 weapons generation facility
Omaha District
5/14/2024
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.— Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District’s Rapid City, South Dakota resident team, along with airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base recently broke...
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...