STARBUCK, Wash. -- Little Goose Dam's navigation lock, located at Snake River Mile 70.3 near Starbuck, Washington, will experience delays in lockages June 19-22, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Walla Walla District.
Necessary electrical maintenance work and testing on the dam’s power plant breakers will require intermittent power interruptions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, affecting navigation lock operations, which may result in delays in lockages for up to an hour before power is restored.
During this period, recreational river users are advised to contact the Little Goose Chief Operator at 509-399-2233 x231 in advance of their anticipated time of arrival in order to better coordinate lockages between the power interruptions. The Summer Recreation Vessel Lock Schedule at Little Goose will resume once work is completed http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1181925/17-063-summer-recreational-vessel-lockage-schedule-begins-may-15/.
Recreational vessel owners can find information on nearby Corps-managed boat launches in the Walla Walla District at www.nww.usace.army.mil/corpsoutdoors.
The Corps has notified commercial navigators and other stakeholders of the intermittent delays. The Corps coordinates navigation maintenance with inland shippers and cruise lines to achieve minimal impact to the various industries that use the locks. Public Notices and other navigation lock information are available on the Walla Walla District website at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/.
All vessel owners and operators lock through at their own risk, and must comply with the Corps’ safe-lockage policy. Walla Walla District’s recreational vessel lockage schedule, the Corps safety policy and the brochure, "How To Lock Through," are on the Internet at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
The Corps’ Walla Walla and Portland districts maintain about 350 miles of the federal inland navigation channel from Portland, Ore. to Lewiston, Idaho. The Columbia-Snake inland navigation system is part of a larger waterborne commerce system that is vital to the economic health of the Pacific Northwest. This import\export gateway allows river transport 465 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean to Lewiston, Idaho.
Release no. 17-074