Archive: May, 2014
  • 14-040 Goats return to manage vegetation along Mill Creek channel

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The first of two herds of goats arrives tomorrow to remove weeds and other vegetation growing on levees that border the creek shoreline extending from the Mill Creek diversion dam downstream to the metal division works foot bridge near the Mill Creek Office.
  • 14-039 Public scoping period extended for Boise River Feasibility Study; comments now due June 23

    BOISE, Idaho – The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) extended the public scoping period for the Boise River Feasibility Study. Study planners added 30 days to the scoping period, which now runs from April 24 to June 23.
  • 14-038 Corps of Engineers offers summer recreation opportunities near Ice Harbor Dam

    Corps recreation planners invite the public to "play it safe" while having some warm-weather fun. Although above-water temperatures are becoming warmer, springtime water temperatures can be cold enough to cause swimmers to develop hypothermia – a severe lowering of core body temperature. State boating, hunting and fishing regulations apply to visitors at Corps sites. Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Boaters should ensure personal floatation devices are on board for each person – children 12 and younger are required to wear PFDs when in a vessel less than 19 foot in length. Recreation information is available on our website:
  • 14-037 Lower Granite open for vehicle crossings on Monday holiday; Travelers should plan alternate routes across river at ‘LoMo’ and Little Goose dams

    If your upcoming Memorial Day weekend plans include a road trip to visit family and friends on the opposite side of the lower Snake River, you may want to keep in mind that most U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams are closed to cross-dam public vehicle traffic on federal holidays, unless otherwise announced.
  • 14-036 Corps reminds public to play safe this summer

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer and serves as the official kick-off for seasonal recreation outdoor fun. Now is the time to start thinking about water safety.
  • 14-035 Mill Creek Diversion Dam reclassified as safer by Corps

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District’s Mill Creek Diversion Dam located upstream of Walla Walla, Wash., recently received a safer “Low Urgency” classification from the Corps following a recent analysis and assessment of the dam and implementation of risk reduction measures. The Mill Creek Diversion Dam was previously screened and classified within the Corps’ Dam Safety Action Classification (DSAC) program as “High Urgency” in January 2009. After completing a potential failure modes analysis and semi-quantitative risk assessment, the Corps recently concluded that risks due to Mill Creek Diversion Dam breach are low. The Corps has a robust dam safety program which includes multiple dam inspections, monitoring, evaluations and risk reduction measures. The improved classification was made by Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • 14-034 Dworshak Visitor Center announces new summer season and dam tour hours; Full-service and primitive camping also available

    AHSAHKA, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dworshak Dam Visitor Center announced new hours and dam tours for the 2014 summer recreation season. The Visitor Center will be open seven days a week starting on Saturday, May 24, on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Dam tours will be offered daily at the Visitor Center starting May 23 through Labor Day weekend. Start times for dam tours are at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
  • 14-033 McNary Dam hosts free fishing derby for kids

    Young anglers are invited to a free fishing derby at McNary Lock and Dam on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • 14-032 Dworshak Reservoir and Columbia River on Bassmaster Magazine’s list of Top 100 best bass fishing spots third year in a row

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – For the third year in a row, two water recreation locations managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District made the nationwide Bassmaster Magazine Top-100 list of best places to fish for bass, according to information released April 23 by B.A.S.S. Communications at The third annual list ranking the country’s best bass lakes found Dworshak Reservoir, located near Ahsahka, Idaho, on the north fork of the Clearwater River, rated as number 47 the 2014 Top-100 chart. It was ranked number 26 in 2013 and number 85 in 2012. The Columbia River in Oregon and Washington jumped up to number 14 on the Bassmaster Top-100 list from number 21 last year. It was number 20 in the Bassmaster 2012 list. Much of the river’s natural resources recreation opportunities are managed by the Corps’ Walla Walla, Portland and Seattle districts.
  • 14-031 Dworshak to decrease discharge flows tonight at midnight plus Saturday midnight to begin refilling reservoir; Boaters and anglers should remain alert to changes in water elevation and flow

    Discharge flows from Dworshak Dam into the North Fork of Clearwater River will be decreased late Friday night and again on Sunday morning to begin refilling Dworshak Reservoir, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials. Flows will decrease Friday night at midnight from approximately 10,700 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 5,000 c.f.s. At midnight on Saturday, flows will be further reduced from 5,000 c.f.s. to about 2,400 c.f.s.