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Corps seeks comments on Albany, Linn County, Oregon permit application. - 05/19/17

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Linn County Road Department to conduct work impacting 3 wetlands and 16 roadside drainages which are tributaries of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers in Albany, Linn County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2017-160 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center reopens to public May 6 - 05/05/17

Release no. 17-010

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites guests to visit The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and tour the dam this summer beginning tomorrow.

The visitor center will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 6 through the end of September. The visitor center will also be open every day from May 30 through Sept. 3. Hours of operation are always 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tours of the dam will be offered at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Tour guests will be shuttled from the visitor's center along the Riverfront Trail to the dam. Visitors are invited to take part in fish passage viewing and interactive displays while learning about the dam's history and how it works to generate power for the region. Because space on the shuttle is limited, visitors are encouraged to register for tours before visiting the dam.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate 84 at exit 87. After exiting the highway, turn east onto Bret Clodfelter Way and follow the road to the visitor center. For more information and to register for tours, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or 541-296-9778, or visit the dam's website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/locations/columbia-river/the-dalles.

Corps seeks comments on proposed Douglas County mitigation bank. - 05/05/17

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a proposal to establish a wetland mitigation bank in Douglas County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2017-20 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices.aspx

Corps seeks comments on Aurora, Marion County, OR permit application. - 05/05/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Flowers Enterprises, Inc. to conduct work impacting impacting two wetlands in Aurora, Marion County, OR. Public Notice NWP-2008-627-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on Newberg, Yamhill County, OR permit application. - 05/05/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Gramor Investments to conduct work impacting a tributary to Springbrook Creek and four wetlands in Newberg, Yamhill County, OR. Public Notice NWP-2008-192-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Elevated Water Release Notice image posted to Lost Creek Lake's Facebook page
Elevated Water Release Notice image posted to Lost Creek Lake's Facebook page
Corps urges safety amid high Rogue River water levels (Photo) - 05/03/17

Release No.: PA 17-009

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urging river users to take appropriate precautions as an elevated water release at William L. Jess Dam this week will result in higher water levels along the Rogue River.

A dramatic spike in high temperatures later this week coupled with potential for rain and the heavy snowpack in the Cascades will result in greatly increased snowmelt into the watershed upstream from Lost Creek Lake. An increased amount of water is being released from the reservoir through this week and is estimated to reach as much as about 5,500 cubic feet per second by Saturday. By comparison, the dam typically releases between 2,500 to 3,500 cubic feet per second May through June.

The Rogue River is anticipated to reach twice its normal height at Dodge Bridge compared to the same day last year. This may result in impacts to recreation and boating safety and potential loss of irrigation pumps or other property placed too close to rising river levels.
Dam managers proactively release increased amounts of water in anticipation of increased rain and snowmelt to maintain safe water levels behind the dams. The controlled release of water ultimately prevents the risk of dam overtopping and failure and also prevents damage to property along the river behind the embankment.

The William L. Jess Dam, which impounds Lost Creek Lake, is a 327-foot-high, rock-fill embankment structure with a gated spillway. It was originally completed in 1977 for flood control and fisheries enhancement. Together, the dam and reservoir support flood risk management, water quality improvement, irrigation, fish and wildlife enhancement, municipal and industrial water supply, hydropower and recreation.

The Corps' multi-purpose Rogue River Basin Project consists of the William L. Jess and Applegate dams and accompanying reservoirs, as well as the Elk Creek project.

For more information about this week's elevated water release or the Corps' Rogue River Basin Project, please visit the project section of the Portland District website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/rogue or contact the District Public Affairs Office at 503-808-4510.

Geology Day at Bonneville Lock and Dam - 05/03/17

Release No: PA 17-008

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. -- Bonneville Lock and Dam will host its annual Geology Day event at the Washington Shore Visitor Complex on Thursday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Earth doesn't stand still for long in the Columbia River Gorge. Floods, eruptions and landslides are just a few of the earth-shaking events that will be featured at the event. Find out if you are ready for the geologic hazards looming around us. Listen to expert insights about the Table Mountain landslide and the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Examine how remarkable cataclysms -- lava flows, shifting tectonic plates, volcanoes, ice-age floods and massive landslides -- have shaped the landscape that surrounds us!

The event marks the 37th anniversary of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and explores many of the geologic marvels of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone interested in geology or looking for an exciting opportunity to see "real-world" applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will find something here to capture their imagination.

The event will open at 10 a.m., with hands-on educational stations available to visitors throughout the day. Geologist Talks will begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The event will conclude with a tour of the powerhouse at 2 p.m.

Bonneville Lock and Dam is located approximately 40 miles east of Vancouver on the Columbia River, at mile post 39 on Washington State Route 14. The visitor center is open from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information on this and other events, contact the Visitor Center staff at Bonneville Lock and Dam at 541-374-8820, or go to the website, www.nwp.usace.army.mil/bonneville.

Corps seeks comments on Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon permit application. - 04/25/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Applegate Holdings, LLC. to conduct work impacting the Dunawi Creek, two unnamed tributaries and abutting wetlands in Corvallis, Benton County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2008-00086/2 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

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Corps to host second annual Elk Creek Day May 6 (Photo) - 04/24/17

Release no. 17-007

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host its second annual Elk Creek Day at the Lower Elk Creek Trailhead May 6.

The free event is open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring numerous family-friendly outdoor activities for all ages and activity levels.
Scheduled activities include a 10-mile fun run at 9 a.m., 5K family fun run/walk at 9:10 a.m. and kids' "slowest bike" races at 1 p.m. Corps park rangers will also be available to answer questions and provide educational opportunities for visitors interested in learning more about Elk Creek and the Rogue River Basin.

"The Elk Creek area provides incredible natural beauty along five miles of pedestrian trails now open to the public for hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more," said David Hays, natural resource manager with the Rogue River Basin Project. "Elk Creek Day is our way of letting people know about all this fantastic area has to offer so they might use and enjoy it more in the future."

To reach the Lower Elk Creek Trailhead, drive east on Crater Lake Highway from Shady Cove and onto Elk Creek Road. Make a slight right at the fork after one mile onto Old Elk Creek Road and continue driving until you reach the trailhead. Signs will be posted along the way to help visitors find the event.

For more information about Elk Creek Day or the Corps' Rogue River Basin Project, please visit the project section of the Portland District website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/rogue or contact the District Public Affairs Office at (503) 808-4510.