environment Archive

  •   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 Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Two small projects recently made big impacts in the Northwest: the Trestle Bay Ecosystem Restoration and the Spirit Lake Tunnel Repair projects. Their impacts weren’t limited to accomplishing the projects’ goals – restoring environmental benefits and flood risk management. The projects were completed […]

    Small projects + small businesses = big benefits

      By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Two small projects recently made big impacts in the Northwest: the Trestle Bay Ecosystem Restoration and the Spirit Lake Tunnel Repair projects. Their impacts weren’t limited to accomplishing the projects’ goals – restoring environmental benefits and flood risk management. The projects were completed […]

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  •     By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Climate and other global environmental changes are major challenges for all missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps leads many aspects of the federal government’s climate change adaptation response because climate change threats became evident early around water resources […]

    7 easy ways to be green

        By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Climate and other global environmental changes are major challenges for all missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps leads many aspects of the federal government’s climate change adaptation response because climate change threats became evident early around water resources […]

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  •   Portland District’s 1200+ employees know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is much more than dams, bridges and other building projects. People outside the Corps often don’t realize that we also help minimize flood damage, restore habitat and ecosystems, and keep river channels navigable. We have produced a video […]

    Portland District: Water Matters

      Portland District’s 1200+ employees know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is much more than dams, bridges and other building projects. People outside the Corps often don’t realize that we also help minimize flood damage, restore habitat and ecosystems, and keep river channels navigable. We have produced a video […]

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  •   By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office The wetlands inside historic Trestle Bay near Warrenton, Oregon, offer ideal habitat for juvenile salmonids. Ideal, but mostly out of reach for more than 125 years due to what makes historic Trestle Bay “historic” — the relic stone and pilings placed there from […]

    Small project, big benefits

      By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office The wetlands inside historic Trestle Bay near Warrenton, Oregon, offer ideal habitat for juvenile salmonids. Ideal, but mostly out of reach for more than 125 years due to what makes historic Trestle Bay “historic” — the relic stone and pilings placed there from […]

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  • By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office When mountains move, humans can only watch and figure out how to work with the changes. A massive avalanche of rock and debris choked Spirit Lake when Mount St. Helens erupted May 18, 1980, changing the jewel-like lake forever.  The avalanche completely blocked the natural […]

    When mountains move, humans can only watch and figure out how to work with the changes.

    By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office When mountains move, humans can only watch and figure out how to work with the changes. A massive avalanche of rock and debris choked Spirit Lake when Mount St. Helens erupted May 18, 1980, changing the jewel-like lake forever.  The avalanche completely blocked the natural […]

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  • By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office From navigation to ecosystem restoration, the Pacific Northwest is one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ most demanding coastal design environments. The winter storms that regularly pound the Oregon and southern Washington coast are much like the hurricanes experienced on the East Coast. […]

    Building climate change resilience in the Pacific Northwest

    By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office From navigation to ecosystem restoration, the Pacific Northwest is one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ most demanding coastal design environments. The winter storms that regularly pound the Oregon and southern Washington coast are much like the hurricanes experienced on the East Coast. […]

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  • The Portland District Regulatory Branch is committed to protecting the Nation’s aquatic resources while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced permit decisions. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is required for most projects that involve placing dredged or fill materials into waters of the United States, including wetlands, […]

    Protecting the nation’s aquatic environment

    The Portland District Regulatory Branch is committed to protecting the Nation’s aquatic resources while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced permit decisions. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is required for most projects that involve placing dredged or fill materials into waters of the United States, including wetlands, […]

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  • Anglers! Leave no trace!

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  • Story and photos by Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Many Portland, Oregon residents remember seeing salmon swimming in Crystal Springs Creek, but it has been more than 40 years since they’ve been seen in large numbers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District and the city of Portland are […]

    Corps restores environment, sense of community at Westmoreland Park

    Story and photos by Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office Many Portland, Oregon residents remember seeing salmon swimming in Crystal Springs Creek, but it has been more than 40 years since they’ve been seen in large numbers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District and the city of Portland are […]

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