Willamette Valley Archive

  •   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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  • Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

    Flood Risks: Myths v.s. Facts

    Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

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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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  • 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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  • By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Portland District’s Spillway Gate Reliability Team has been named the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety Team of Excellence. The award recognizes the team members for their role in executing a $41 million (so far) spillway gate rehabilitation program to improve dam […]

    Portland District team wins dam safety excellence award

    By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office Portland District’s Spillway Gate Reliability Team has been named the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety Team of Excellence. The award recognizes the team members for their role in executing a $41 million (so far) spillway gate rehabilitation program to improve dam […]

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  • Linn County Parks receives Corps’ Excellence in Partnerships Award By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office A key Portland District recreation partner has been named best in the nation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Senior members of the Corps’ National Resources Management community of practice presented the Linn County […]

    Portland District partner named best in nation

    Linn County Parks receives Corps’ Excellence in Partnerships Award By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office A key Portland District recreation partner has been named best in the nation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Senior members of the Corps’ National Resources Management community of practice presented the Linn County […]

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  • By Christie Johnson, Willamette Valley Project Willamette Valley Project Botanist Wes Messinger had a vision in 2011 to use a popular bike trail to connect people with the wildflower habitat nearby. Three years later, that “Bikes to Blooms” concept has blossomed into a partnership of multiple government agencies and community […]

    Partnership blooming in the Willamette Valley

    By Christie Johnson, Willamette Valley Project Willamette Valley Project Botanist Wes Messinger had a vision in 2011 to use a popular bike trail to connect people with the wildflower habitat nearby. Three years later, that “Bikes to Blooms” concept has blossomed into a partnership of multiple government agencies and community […]

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