Archive: August, 2012
  • Update: Corps continues Illia Dunes trash cleanup

    POMEROY, Wash. – The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making progress on cleanup of Illia Dunes recreation area on the Snake River. The area was closed to public use on Monday due to health and safety concerns after heavy visitation and trash accumulation occurring this past weekend. More than 3,000 people visited the popular recreation area Aug. 25 and 26. Many broken bottles and beer cans were left in the water, garbage was strewn about the parking lots, and litter was discarded along the roadway. Corps staff and a grounds maintenance contractor have cleaned most of the trash from the beach area at Illia Dunes. About 3,000 pounds of trash have been removed as of today including hundreds of Styrofoam coolers. Trash still needs to be removed from the in-water area of the dunes, plus three miles of ditch between Illia Dunes and Lower Granite Dam.
  • Corps stresses safety during Labor Day holiday weekend

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Labor Day holiday. Many people enjoy water-based recreation as part of their Labor Day celebration. Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy scenic river views while taking advantage of picnicking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. Here are some water safety tips for the holiday weekend.
  • Illia Dunes closed until further notice due to visitors’ trash

    POMEROY, Wash. – Illia Dunes is closed until further notice due to health and safety concerns after recent heavy visitation and trash accumulation, Corps officials announced today. During the past weekend, more than 3,000 people visited the dunes, a popular recreation site located at Snake River Mile 102 on the south shoreline about three miles downstream of Lower Granite Lock and Dam. Enormous amounts of trash were scattered on the beach, broken bottles and beer cans left in the water, refuse strewn about the parking lots and litter discarded along the roadway, creating potential health and safety hazards for future visitors.
  • McNary Dam offers Washington Fish View Room, NavLock tours during September

    The natural resources management staff at McNary Lock and Dam will offer tours of the Washington Fish View Room and the navigation lock on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, through Sunday Sept. 30, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the dam announced today.
  • Corps invites public comments on Twin Bridges streambank stabilization Environmental Assessment

    RIRIE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District invites public comments on a Twin Bridges streambank stabilization project environmental assessment (EA). Comments are due by Sept. 3, 2012.
  • Dworshak hosts nighttime star-gazing and music program

    AHSAHKA, Idaho – Visitors are invited to join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. for a free evening program of stars and music on top of the dam.