hydropower Archive

  • By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office (Second in a series of articles about HDC and the vision of its senior leaders) Author Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” That’s fine if the journey is more important than the results, but […]

    Hydroelectric Design Center looks to the future

    By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office (Second in a series of articles about HDC and the vision of its senior leaders) Author Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” That’s fine if the journey is more important than the results, but […]

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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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  • First in a series of articles about HDC and the vision of its senior leaders By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office What comes to mind when you think of the Pacific Northwest? Maybe salmon, the Columbia River, or rain. What about hydropower? That clean, sustainable energy that keeps the lights […]

    With 70 years of service behind it, HDC looks to the future

    First in a series of articles about HDC and the vision of its senior leaders By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office What comes to mind when you think of the Pacific Northwest? Maybe salmon, the Columbia River, or rain. What about hydropower? That clean, sustainable energy that keeps the lights […]

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  •   Doug Filer, an electrical engineer with the Corps of Engineers’ Hydroelectric Design Center, received the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System Award of Excellence. “Doug is one of our very best and has added so much to our national reputation and customer service focus,” said Steve Miles, HDC Director. […]

    HDC’s Doug Filer honored with the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System Award of Excellence

      Doug Filer, an electrical engineer with the Corps of Engineers’ Hydroelectric Design Center, received the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System Award of Excellence. “Doug is one of our very best and has added so much to our national reputation and customer service focus,” said Steve Miles, HDC Director. […]

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  • How past actions help inform future needs By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Keeping a hydropower dam operating efficiently requires workers to monitor its systems, troubleshoot problems and make repairs when they’re needed. But what happens if the record of past modifications can’t be found?  How does that affect future […]

    The Dalles Dam updates its as-built drawings

    How past actions help inform future needs By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Keeping a hydropower dam operating efficiently requires workers to monitor its systems, troubleshoot problems and make repairs when they’re needed. But what happens if the record of past modifications can’t be found?  How does that affect future […]

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  • By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office True to form, Rogue River Basin and Willamette Valley Project power plant operators protested when told they were to be profiled in the Corps’pondent. “We’re recluses,” Lost Creek shift operator John Funke joked. “We just want to stay in our lane and do our […]

    Power plant operators keep everything safe and sound

    By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office True to form, Rogue River Basin and Willamette Valley Project power plant operators protested when told they were to be profiled in the Corps’pondent. “We’re recluses,” Lost Creek shift operator John Funke joked. “We just want to stay in our lane and do our […]

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  •   Behind the scenes of the impressive John Day Lock and Dam on the Columbia River, a team of dedicated engineers and maintenance staff are hard at work to keep the hydropower turbines humming. It’s a job that can be both challenging and rewarding. An unexpected discovery during a scheduled […]

    John Day Lock and Dam – 2014 Innovation of the Year

      Behind the scenes of the impressive John Day Lock and Dam on the Columbia River, a team of dedicated engineers and maintenance staff are hard at work to keep the hydropower turbines humming. It’s a job that can be both challenging and rewarding. An unexpected discovery during a scheduled […]

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  •   Partnerships provide mentor opportunities By  Rick Benoit, Operations Division, and Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office Divers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dive team buddied up with U.S. Navy and commercial divers to complete their latest, and busiest, work season. The team completed about 50 jobs in six […]

    Dive teams pool resources for busy season

      Partnerships provide mentor opportunities By  Rick Benoit, Operations Division, and Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office Divers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dive team buddied up with U.S. Navy and commercial divers to complete their latest, and busiest, work season. The team completed about 50 jobs in six […]

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  •   By Matt Rabe, Public Affairs Office You’ve overheard those conversations. You know, the ones about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maybe you’ve been approached by someone because they knew you work for (or retired from) the Corps. Did you know enough to relate to what they were saying […]

    Do you have what it takes to be a Corps of Engineers Statesperson?

      By Matt Rabe, Public Affairs Office You’ve overheard those conversations. You know, the ones about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maybe you’ve been approached by someone because they knew you work for (or retired from) the Corps. Did you know enough to relate to what they were saying […]

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  • By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Big equipment often means big challenges, but less expensive, smaller-scaled solutions to problems often spring from teams looking at those big challenges. Turbines can be two stories tall, which can pose big challenges for the engineers and maintenance staff responsible for keeping them humming. […]

    John Day Dam team works on fixes big and small

    By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Big equipment often means big challenges, but less expensive, smaller-scaled solutions to problems often spring from teams looking at those big challenges. Turbines can be two stories tall, which can pose big challenges for the engineers and maintenance staff responsible for keeping them humming. […]

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