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Corps seeks comments on Gold Beach, Curry County, Oregon permit application. - 06/20/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct work impacting the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Curry County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2007-135-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on Springfield, Lane County, Oregon permit application. - 06/20/17

US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Hayden Homes, LLC to conduct work impacting three (3) palustrine emergent wetlands in Springfield, Lane County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2017-199 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on Warrenton, Clatsop County, Oregon permit application. - 06/20/17

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Warrenton Fiber Company to conduct work impacting impacting the Columbia River at River Mile 10.2 in Warrenton, Clatsop County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2007-729-3 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Corps seeks comments on Harrisburg, Linn County, Oregon permit application. - 06/20/17

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Alan Kay Properties, LLC to conduct work impacting seven wetlands and two tributaries to the Willamette River in Harrisburg, Linn County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2016-612 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/

Deadline extended; Corps seeks public comment on draft Willamette Falls Locks Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment - 06/16/17

Release no. 17-013

*** Update, June 16: We have extended the comment period for the draft Willamette Falls Locks Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment from June 22 to July 12. This extension allows more time for review and discussion of the proposal by interested stakeholders. ***

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on its draft Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment for de-authorization and disposal of the Willamette Falls Locks.

The Corps proposes to recommend Congressional de-authorization and disposal of the Willamette Falls Locks after performing minor modification for seismic retrofits and to install perimeter fencing, and debris and boat barriers.

The disposition study is an effort to identify necessary actions to prepare the facility for disposal and to develop a preliminary opinion regarding the marketability of the project. As part of the Corps' analysis, it has accounted for known stakeholder interests, local opportunities and the capability of potential lock users.

The draft assessment has been prepared in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality's National Environmental Policy Act regulations (Federal Register 40 C.F.R. 1508.9.) It is available for review and comment on the Willamette Falls Locks section of the Portland District website at nwp.usace.army.mil/willamette/locks.

Questions or comments should be directed to Kelly Janes by phone at 503-808-4771, by email at willamettefallslocks@usace.army.mil, or by regular mail at:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Kelly Janes
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

The Corps will consider all comments received or postmarked by July 22 and make a determination of significance of impacts resulting from the proposed action. Please reference public notice CENWP-PM-E-17-01 in all written correspondence.

Big Cliff Reservoir levels to decrease during survey - 06/15/17

Release No: PA 17-017
For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Water levels at Big Cliff Reservoir will be lower June 19 and 20 to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an archaeological survey.

The water drawdown will begin June 16 and reach approximately 1180 feet by 8 a.m. June 19. This is about two feet lower than typical low levels at Big Cliff. Corps regulators will hold the reservoir at that level until approximately 8 p.m., June 20.

Lower water levels may expose boaters and other reservoir users to vegetation and other potential hazards that are normally submerged well below the water surface. People recreating at the reservoir should be alert for these hazards as well as floating debris. Public safety is the Corps' first priority.

The reservoir will be back to normal levels, June 21.

For questions or concerns, please contact Environmental Stewardship Coordinator Wendy Jones at 541-221-7694.

Dorena Reservoir water levels to increase during hydrosurvey - 05/31/17

Release No: PA 17-016
For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase Dorena Reservoir water levels from May 31 to June 9 to conduct hydrographic surveys throughout the reservoir.

The pool will be held up to one foot higher during the surveys (from 832.5 to 833 feet). Some marina facilities may lose functionality or become unsafe at the 833 foot elevation level.

Facility operators have been notified.

Public safety is the Corps' first priority and it urges Dorena Reservoir users to be alert for submerged hazards that may not be obvious due to high water, as well as being aware of floating debris.

The Corps will use the data to maintain the proper storage capacity tables, which will enable the Corps to manage water intake at the reservoir during flood months.

For questions or concerns, please contact Park Manager Tami Schroeder at 541-942-5631.

Play It Safe When You're In, On or Near The Water - 05/26/17

PORTLAND, ORE. -- 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.

In the last 10 years, 84 percent of water-related fatalities on Corps land involved people not wearing life jackets, with the greatest number occurring in areas not designated for swimming, according to data compiled by the Corps' National Operations Center for Water Safety. Eighty-eight percent of all such fatalities were men, while 68 percent were between the ages of 20 and 60. In addition, 27 percent of boating fatalities involved people falling overboard.

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 a strong swimmer can drown from a fall into cold water. It takes an average of one minute for an adult to drown and just 20 seconds for a child to drown. Wearing a life jacket keeps you afloat until you can regain control of your breathing.

Only swim in areas designated for swimming. These areas have been inspected to provide a safe swimming environment. You swim at your own risk at all Corps beaches, so adults should always watch their children when they are around water.

Always wear the right size and type of life jacket for the activity you are enjoying. Learn more at PleaseWearIt.com.

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.

Volunteers needed for National Trails Day - 05/25/17

Release No: PA 17-014
For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

SWEET HOME, Ore -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Sweet Home Trails Group are looking for volunteers to improve the conditions of Foster Lake's North Shore Trail, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

This event supports National Trails Day (http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/) that celebrates America's 200,000 miles of trails. The American Hiking Society created National Trails Day in the early 1990s and trail advocates and outdoor industry leaders support the day.

Volunteer orientation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Gedney Creek Boat Ramp on Foster Reservoir's north shore. The project will focus on clearing vegetation such as blackberry bushes, improving trail conditions and making minor bridge improvements. Work is expected to be complete by 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers should wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and long pants. Gloves, tools and water will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own. This event will be held rain or shine so dress accordingly. Participants will be given a Sweet Home Trails t-shirt.

Volunteers should RSVP by Wednesday, May 31, to the Corps' park ranger office at (541) 942-5631 or by email to Jacob.J.Morel@usace.army.mil to ensure enough tools are available.

Valley reservoirs full now, early drawdown will lower levels - 05/25/17

Release No: PA 17-011
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Above average rainfall this spring has nearly filled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' reservoirs in the Willamette Valley. Reservoirs are about 99 percent full as the region begins plans for summer recreation. Most reservoirs will follow the normal management schedule, however, some will experience early drawdowns: Hills Creek, Cougar and Blue River reservoirs.

The Corps will drawdown these reservoirs to continue spillway gate repairs, which are part of its Dam Safety program. Repairs will make the gates' more reliable and improve mechanical and electrical systems. These repairs improve the dams' abilities to help reduce flood damage to downstream river communities.

* Hills Creek Reservoir drawdown begins approximately June 1. Packard Creek boat ramp will be accessible but Bingham Landing and CT Beach Park boat ramps will be inaccessible after July 15.

* Cougar Reservoir drawdown begins approximately July 1. All ramps will be accessible through Labor Day weekend.

* Blue River Reservoir drawdown begins approximately July 15. Saddle Dam boat ramp will be accessible but Lookout boat launch will be inaccessible after Sept. 1.

These draw down schedules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please view our 'Teacup' diagrams at http://www.nwd-wc.usace.army.mil/nwp/teacup/willamette/.

Work at Hills Creek began in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed as funds are available through Fiscal Year 2018. Blue River and Cougar dams' gates rehabilitations are in progress and expected to be completed in Fiscal Year 2018. The repairs are similar to rehabilitation work previously completed at Green Peter, Big Cliff and Fall Creek dams.

A 2010 system-wide gates assessment resulted in the replacement or repair of some critical components and a prioritized plan for long-term rehabilitation of the gates. To date, all of Green Peter, Foster, Big Cliff, Lookout Point, Dexter and Fall Creek dams' spillway gates have been rehabilitated.

For more information about the Corps' Willamette Valley flood risk management mission and spillway gate rehabilitation program, visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/Spillway-Gates/.