Willamette Valley Project Archive

  • Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Tumultuous winter storms have tested and stretched the limits of infrastructure in the western United States, as the recent Oroville Dam crisis has shown. However, these aging and massive structures still provide a multitude of benefits to local communities. And although they may not seem […]

    The shadow of Oroville Dam crisis: District strives to maintain dams

    Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Tumultuous winter storms have tested and stretched the limits of infrastructure in the western United States, as the recent Oroville Dam crisis has shown. However, these aging and massive structures still provide a multitude of benefits to local communities. And although they may not seem […]

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  • Christie Johnson Park Ranger, Willamette Valley Project Forty-three volunteers joined seven Willamette Valley Project staff members Sept. 24 to plant more than 100 trees and shrubs in Pine Meadows Campground and Lakeside Park at Cottage Grove Reservoir. The volunteer project supported National Public Lands Day, the largest annual, single-day volunteer restoration […]

    Corps hosts successful volunteer event at Cottage Grove Lake

    Christie Johnson Park Ranger, Willamette Valley Project Forty-three volunteers joined seven Willamette Valley Project staff members Sept. 24 to plant more than 100 trees and shrubs in Pine Meadows Campground and Lakeside Park at Cottage Grove Reservoir. The volunteer project supported National Public Lands Day, the largest annual, single-day volunteer restoration […]

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  • By Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam This spring, head outside and explore a few well known and some not so well known trails Q: What do all of the following have in common? Lewis and Clark, Oregon and California National Historic trails, Rogue and Row River National Recreation trails, Pacific Crest […]

    On and off the beaten path: Explore Corps trails

    By Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam This spring, head outside and explore a few well known and some not so well known trails Q: What do all of the following have in common? Lewis and Clark, Oregon and California National Historic trails, Rogue and Row River National Recreation trails, Pacific Crest […]

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  •   A commentary by Shelly Hanson, Natural Resources Management  Invasive animal and plant species impact Portland District’s missions, including navigation, flood control, recreation, environmental stewardship and ecosystem restoration. Such species interfere with harbor and waterway maintenance; affect operation of dam and navigation lock systems; displace native plants and wildlife; and […]

    District pest plan focuses on early detection, rapid response

      A commentary by Shelly Hanson, Natural Resources Management  Invasive animal and plant species impact Portland District’s missions, including navigation, flood control, recreation, environmental stewardship and ecosystem restoration. Such species interfere with harbor and waterway maintenance; affect operation of dam and navigation lock systems; displace native plants and wildlife; and […]

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  •   By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lower Cougar Reservoir to about 80 feet below its usual winter elevation by the end of March to allow for urgent debris removal and repairs in Cougar Dam’s temperature control tower. Cougar Dam and Reservoir are […]

    Corps to lower Cougar Reservoir for temperature control tower repairs

      By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lower Cougar Reservoir to about 80 feet below its usual winter elevation by the end of March to allow for urgent debris removal and repairs in Cougar Dam’s temperature control tower. Cougar Dam and Reservoir are […]

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  •   Oregon and southwest Washington has experienced pretty significant rainfall in the past week or two. This raises the question in some people’s minds about the risk for flood in these areas and how Portland District manages its reservoirs to keep people and property safe during the region’s major rainy season […]

    A primer on flood risk management

      Oregon and southwest Washington has experienced pretty significant rainfall in the past week or two. This raises the question in some people’s minds about the risk for flood in these areas and how Portland District manages its reservoirs to keep people and property safe during the region’s major rainy season […]

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  • By Graham Hilson, Willamette Valley Project and Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office   Rotor noise filled the sky around Lookout Point Dam on the Middle Fork Willamette River on Nov. 3 as contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maneuvered a giant CH46 helicopter to install parts of an […]

    By land and by air, team starts boom installation at Lookout Point Dam

    By Graham Hilson, Willamette Valley Project and Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office   Rotor noise filled the sky around Lookout Point Dam on the Middle Fork Willamette River on Nov. 3 as contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maneuvered a giant CH46 helicopter to install parts of an […]

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  •   Commentary and photos by Christie Johnson, Willamette Valley Project “In baseball, hitting a grand slam guarantees that everyone on base reaches home plate safely. When you’re boating, you can make sure everyone gets home safely by having everyone in your boat wear a life jacket.  This is a friendly […]

    Water safety campaign targets sports fans

      Commentary and photos by Christie Johnson, Willamette Valley Project “In baseball, hitting a grand slam guarantees that everyone on base reaches home plate safely. When you’re boating, you can make sure everyone gets home safely by having everyone in your boat wear a life jacket.  This is a friendly […]

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  •   A commentary by Cameron Bishop, Willamette Valley Project Since my arrival at Portland District’s Willamette Valley Project in 2006, I have had the great privilege of visiting nearly every corner of our property in the Willamette Valley. Some of my best memories include finding the tastiest apples ever on […]

    A hidden gem: Eagle Rock near Lookout Point Dam

      A commentary by Cameron Bishop, Willamette Valley Project Since my arrival at Portland District’s Willamette Valley Project in 2006, I have had the great privilege of visiting nearly every corner of our property in the Willamette Valley. Some of my best memories include finding the tastiest apples ever on […]

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  • By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Like many other business lines, the Corps’ recreation program has been in a financial jam in recent years. “Funding has declined or remained the same, while the cost of managing and maintaining facilities has increased,” said Willamette Valley Project Park Manager Tami Schroeder. “Recent […]

    Special funding promotes efficient, sustainable recreation

    By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Like many other business lines, the Corps’ recreation program has been in a financial jam in recent years. “Funding has declined or remained the same, while the cost of managing and maintaining facilities has increased,” said Willamette Valley Project Park Manager Tami Schroeder. “Recent […]

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