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Posted 3/22/2017

Release no. 17-035

Public Affairs Office

UMATILLA, Ore. -- Water recreation enthusiasts should watch out for increased amounts floating woody debris in the lower Columbia River between McNary and John Day dams starting Wednesday, March 22, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced today.

Because of high spring flows, an unusually large amount of floating wood, ranging in size from small twigs to telephone pole-sized logs, has accumulated upstream of McNary Lock and Dam. Officials at the dam will implement debris-spill operations as necessary to float the large volume of debris away from the powerhouse.

The Corps cautions boaters and others using the river downstream of McNary Dam to watch for potentially hazardous floating debris. The debris, swept into the river from high-flowing streams and tributaries, can pose a danger to river users. Wearing a life jacket or other personal floatation device is the best way to stay safe when out on the water.