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Environmental Scoping Opens Through Oct. 3, 2017 for Port of Coos Bay's Proposed Channel Modification - 08/18/17

Release No: 17-030
For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a public scoping phase in the preparation of a comprehensive environmental impact statement to evaluate the effects of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay's proposed modifications to the Federal Navigation Channel. The Port's proposed project is made up of several actions to improve navigation efficiency, reduce shipping transportation costs and facilitate the shipping industry's transition to larger, more efficient vessels. The Corps' analysis also will support consideration of approvals and permits required prior to construction.

Scoping is an opportunity early in the environmental review process to collect information from the interested public and stakeholders on issues to consider in the analysis of potential environmental effects, as prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Corps is the lead federal agency for preparing the draft EIS. A Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 18, 2017 announcing the Corps' proposal to prepare this EIS and opening the comment period through Oct. 3, 2017.

An open house-style public scoping meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 to talk with Corps staff about the EIS process, the significance of public input and to receive written input. Port staff also will display information about their proposal and be available for discussion. The meeting will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Myrtlewood Room, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay, Ore. The public is welcome to drop by anytime.

Written scoping input is welcome through the comment period by postal mail or by email. The public is encouraged to visit the Corps' channel modification EIS website to learn more about NEPA and how to submit scoping input: www.nwp.usace.army.mil/coast/coos-bay/channel-modification.

Portland District's first mission, eliminating impediments to navigation on the Pacific Northwest's rivers, dates back to 1871. The Corps maintains safe and reliable channels, harbors and waterways for the transportation of commerce, support to national security and recreation.

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Portland District is rebuilding the adult fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir, located southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The rebuilt facility will make it safer to collect and transport wild spring chinook and winter steelhead upstream of
Portland District is rebuilding the adult fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir, located southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The rebuilt facility will make it safer to collect and transport wild spring chinook and winter steelhead upstream of
Fall Creek Dam getting new fish facility (Photo) - 08/16/17

Release No: PA 17-029
For Immediate Release
August 16, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Construction crews are rebuilding Fall Creek Dam's Adult Fish Collection Facility southeast of Eugene, Oregon.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing this to meet requirements of the 2008 Willamette Project biological opinions to support the safe collection and transport of wild spring Chinook and winter steelhead upstream of the dam.

The Fall Creek site is an active construction site and Corps employees are still collecting fish at that facility. The older fish collection facility can be problematic for the fish and the facility can be precarious for the fish handlers.

This rebuild is similar to ones conducted at Foster Dam and Minto, on the South Santiam and North Santiam rivers, respectively. Construction began October 2016, is scheduled to be completed May 2018 and will cost an estimated $25 million.

The Corps is rebuilding these structures because it is committed to actions included in the 2008 Willamette Project biological opinions that avoid jeopardizing wild spring Chinook and winter steelhead. The Corps' actions at Fall Creek play into a larger regional effort supporting endangered species recovery in the Upper Willamette River Basin.

Completed in 1966, Fall Creek Dam is a rockfill structure with a gated concrete spillway and outlet works for regulating reservoir levels. It is located at river mile 7.2 on Fall Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River, about 20 miles southeast of Eugene.

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Editor's note: Media are invited to view construction efforts, Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fall Creek Adult Fish Collection Facility. Please RSVP with names of all attendees to Tom Conning no later than 3 p.m., Aug. 22 to confirm attendance. Attendees should wear sturdy shoes, and bring a hard hat and reflective vest, if available.

Corps seeks comments on Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. permit application. - 08/11/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by 4430 Building, LLC to conduct work impacting the Willamette River in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

Public Notice NWP-2014-408-1 can be viewed at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/Article/1276704/nwp-2014-408-1/

Corps seeks comments on Warrenton, Clatsop County, Oregon permit application - 08/10/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Big Beams, LLC to conduct work impacting wetlands, in Warrenton, Clatsop County, Oregon.

Public Notice NWP-2017-230 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Total solar eclipse will pass over Corps projects - 08/08/17

Release No: PA 17-028
For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' reservoirs and dams in western Oregon. The eclipse will cross the entire continent for the first time in 38 years, and people from all over the country will come to Oregon to witness this short-duration, yet impactful phenomenon.

While several sites will be prime viewing locations for the solar eclipse, Corps dams are critical federal facilities that will continue to operate as usual. All normal rules and regulations will remain in effect, and Corps operators may institute additional safety and security measures in anticipation of high visitation.

Visitors should expect intense demand for open areas in day use and campgrounds, as well as increased traffic at boat ramps and parking areas. Motorists may park only in designated areas, and cannot park on roadways or block traffic. Whether on land or water, visitors must obey all signs and safety regulations, and stay out of restricted areas. Visitors must not attempt to climb or circumvent fences, walls or other restrictive barriers, and boaters must stay out of the restricted zone near the dams, which are identified by a buoy line.

Open areas within and near the path of totality, including parks, campgrounds and recreation areas around Portland District projects, will experience congestion from the influx of visitors.

For safety and security reasons, the roads over some Portland District dams will be closed to public vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
* Detroit Dam and Lake: The road over Detroit Dam will be closed to the public from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the eclipse. The overlook area adjacent to the dam off Highway 22 will be closed from 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
* Green Peter Dam and Reservoir: The road over Green Peter Dam, including Billings Park on the east side of the dam, will be closed to the public from 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
* Cougar Dam and Reservoir: The road over Cougar Dam is currently closed due to ongoing construction, and it will remain closed through the eclipse.

Other Portland District projects within and close to the path of totality include:
* Foster Dam and Reservoir,
* Blue River Dam and Reservoir,
* Cougar Dam and Reservoir,
* Dexter Dam and Reservoir,
* Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir,
* Fern Ridge Dam and Reservoir,
* Lookout Point Dam and Reservoir,
* Hills Creek Dam and Reservoir,
* Cottage Grove Dam and Reservoir,
* Dorena Dam and Reservoir,
* Bonneville Lock and Dam,
* The Dalles Lock and Dam
* John Day Lock and Dam, and
* Willow Creek Dam.

Many of the recreation areas at these Portland District projects are managed by Corps of Engineers partners. For information on specific sites, please visit the Portland District recreation webpage at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/.

Links:
NASA: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
USFS: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/eclipse2017
Linn County Parks: https://linnparks.com/
Lane County Parks: http://www.lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=4184656
Oregon State Parks: http://oregonstateparks.org/
Washington State Parks: http://www.parks.wa.gov/

Portland District recreation
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District manages 18 reservoirs and offers recreation at 135 parks on the water within the state of Oregon. More than 10 million people visit our locations annually to experience the diverse range of outdoor activities we offer to people of all ages. For more information on Portland District's recreation opportunities, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation.


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Corps seeks comments on Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon permit application - 08/07/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Port of Astoria to conduct work impacting the Columbia River, River mile 13.5, in Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon.
Public Notice NWP-2009-565-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on McMinnville, Yamhill County, Ore. permit application. - 08/02/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of McMinnville to conduct work impacting wetlands, streams and roadside ditches in McMinnville, Yamhill County, Ore.

Public Notice NWP-2017-156 can be viewed at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/Article/1265807/nwp-2017-156/

Corps stresses hot weather safety - 08/02/17

PA 17-026

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Play it safe while enjoying outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly during periods of extraordinarily hot weather.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, extremely hot weather, like the record-breaking temperatures currently forecasted for some parts of Oregon, can be dangerous. Find National Weather Service forecasts and heat advisories for your area online at http://www.weather.gov/. Do not needlessly put yourself at risk: know the symptoms of heat illnesses and practice prevention tips recommended by the Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov.

Heat illnesses should be taken seriously and can be fatal in extreme cases. If you or anyone you're with show signs of heat illness, immediately relocate to a cooler environment and get medical help.

Preventing heat illness

- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
- Do not leave children or pets in cars.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself.
- Take regular breaks from direct sun exposure in the shade or an air-conditioned, indoor location.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Heat illness symptoms

Heat Exhaustion
- Heavy sweating
- Weakness
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fainting

Heat Stroke
- High body temperature (above 103°F)
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness

Water Safety

As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water. Following these water-fun safety tips can help you have a great time out at the rivers and return home safely.

Before you head out for a day around water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds you and everyone in your group to wear a life jacket.

Swimming in open water is different and more difficult than in a swimming pool. You can tire more quickly and get into trouble due to changing conditions, waves, current, lack of experience, or exhaustion. Don't rely on inner tubes or water toys to keep you afloat. Know your limits. Each year many people drown by overestimating their swimming skills and swimming beyond their limits.

While on or near the water, watch out for each other at all times. Most who drowned never intended to enter the water; they unexpectedly fell from a boat or dock. Falling into cold water triggers an involuntary gasp response, which causes you to breathe in water whether you want to or not. Breathing in a half-cup of water is enough to cause drowning.

Even during hot weather, beware of cold water temperatures. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. This can happen in any season, and in any weather.

Avoid prolonged breath holding activities and games because it can lead to shallow water blackout. Shallow water blackout can affect anyone who is breath-holding, even physically fit swimmers.

Don't drink and boat. About half of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation involve alcohol use. This is about one in five reported boating fatalities. Just one beer might impair your balance, vision, judgment and reaction time, thus making you a potential danger to yourself and others. Don't include alcohol in your outing if you are planning to have fun in, on, or near the water.

For more information on these and other water-safety tips please visit the Corps' water safety website at www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/National-Water-Safety_Program/.

Portland District recreation
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District manages 18 lakes and reservoirs and offers recreation at 135 parks on the water within the state of Oregon. More than 10 million people visit our locations annually to experience the diverse range of outdoor activities we offer to people of all ages. For more information on Portland District's recreation opportunities, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation.

Corps seeks comments on Tigard, Washington County, Oregon permit application. - 07/28/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the CSC Cap Holding, LLC to conduct work impacting impacting four (4) wetlands in Tigard, Washington County, Oregon.
Public Notice NWP-2017-71 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on Rainier, Columbia County, Oregon permit application. - 07/28/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Columbia Crossing, LLC to conduct work impacting two (2) wetlands in Rainier, Columbia County, Oregon.
Public Notice NWP-2016-556 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Col. Aaron Dorf takes command of Corps' Portland District - 07/28/17

Release No: PA 17-025
For Immediate Release:
July 28, 2017

PORTLAND, Oregon -- Col. Aaron L. Dorf became commander of the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a ceremony, here, today.
Dorf took command from Col. Jose Aguilar, who served as commander of Portland District since April 15, 2014.
The Portland District is responsible for the Corps' water resource activities in western Oregon and southwestern Washington and has one of the Corps' most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. The District places emphasis on environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife protection and enhancement, hydropower production, navigation, flood risk management, recreation and operation of the Corps' center of expertise for hydropower and pump station engineering.
Before taking command at Portland District, Dorf was a student at the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Canada. Before attending the Canadian Forces College, he commanded the 3rd Engineer Battalion at McGregor Range, New Mexico from 2011 to 2013. Dorf commanded the 5th Engineer Detachment from 2010 to 2011 and served as the branch chief and master instructor for Advanced Geospatial Intelligence programs from 2004 to 2010. He received his U.S. Army commission in 1993 and has served in leadership and staff positions in the Middle East, the Republic of Korea, Cuba and throughout the United States.
Dorf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Science from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Defense Geographic Information from Cranfield University. His military education includes the engineer officer's basic and advance courses and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course.
Dorf's military awards and decorations include two Bronze Star medals, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, five Meritorious Service medals, two Joint Service Commendation medals, two Joint Service Achievement medals, the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment's Bronze de Fleury Medal, the Ranger and Sapper tabs, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

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Note to editors: A high-res photo of Col. Dorf is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/About/Bio-Article-View/Article/492608/commander-and-district-engineer/

Media invited to observe Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Change of Command - 07/27/17

Release No: PA 17-024
Jul. 27, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY:
Not intended for public release

Media invited to observe Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Change of Command

Date: Friday, Jul. 28
Location: Sentinel Hotel, downtown Portland
RSVP to Amy Echols no later than 3 p.m., July 27

Media representatives are invited to observe and record the change of command ceremony between Col. Jose Aguilar and Col. Aaron Dorf, a highly symbolic U.S. Army tradition.

This ceremony is a proud military tradition, which formally confirms the continuity, responsibility and authority of the commander. These events generally take place every two to three years.

Interested media will be provided the time and location to meet prior to the event and must RSVP to Amy Echols no later than 3 p.m., Jul. 27.

The Portland District has one of the Nation's most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. Covering most of Oregon and southwestern Washington, Portland District operates locks and dams along the Columbia River, manages dams in the Willamette Valley for flood risk management, maintains Oregon's coastal rivers for navigation and leads the Nation in hydropower generation, all while ensuring attention to environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. Portland District also serves as the Corps' Hydroelectric Design Center, a national leader and Center of Expertise.