Tag: Northwestern Division
  • Scraping barnacles gives salmon a fighting chance

    Army Corps employees scrape barnacle buildup along the filling tunnels at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle, fulfilling a federal law requirement to help improve endangered salmon’s chances of survival, by reducing their potential for injury or death.
  • ‘Man Overboard’: Dredge vessel crew saves woman swept away by Columbia River

    It was the sound – something like a scream – that first caught their attention.
  • Dredging Neah Bay Entrance Channel will improve Strait of Juan de Fuca, Salish Sea oil spill response

    An Emergency Response Towing Vessel (ERTV) stands ready 24/7 on the northwestern Olympic Peninsula point in the Port of Neah Bay to quickly respond to disabled or distressed vessels. But a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to improve navigation by deepening the harbor entrance channel will improve ERTV readiness and maneuvering during low tides.
  • Peaks and valleys: Northwestern Division leverages regional project sharing to complete the mission

    Comprised of nearly 37,000 employees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is tasked with engineering solutions for the nation’s toughest challenges. Across the enterprise, many divisions and districts have seen a surge in workload over the last few years. While USACE has seen similar surges in the past, this increase in workload is larger than many can remember in recent history. The source of the current surge in workload is twofold. According to Col. Travis Rayfield, Kansas City District commander and district engineer, there has been an increase in funding from Congress through various infrastructure bills, which has resulted in more work across the enterprise. Additionally, The Economy Act allows federal agencies to enter into agreements to obtain supplies or services from another agency. This increase in funding for projects, coupled with an increase in resource sharing among agencies, has resulted in the surge in workload the enterprise is experiencing across the nation.
  • Corps of Engineers modernizing Small Lock machinery, controls

    A major infrastructure upgrade to the nation’s busiest locks, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, to keep them operating into the next century, is on the horizon.
  • USACE debris recovery vessel crew earns Army Risk Management Award

    U.S. Army Corps debris recovery vessel wins Army Risk Management Award for keeping team safety and risk management practices at the forefront of everything they do.
  • Large Lock Center Gate Replacement at Chittenden Locks begins October 2023

    The Army Corps will begin removal and replacement of the large lock center miter gate at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle, in October 2023.
  • Army Corps of Engineers begin levee repair in North Bend, protecting $158 million worth of property

    Four rivers, four counties and nine levees. The busy emergency levee repair season meant to safeguard life and property in Western Washington is nearing its end, but work remains before the start of the fall flood season.
  • Chittenden Locks Commemorate Replacing Large Lock Center Gate with The Great Miter Retire 5K Fun Run Oct. 7

    Army Corps will host The Great Miter Retire 5K Fun Run, Oct. 7, 2023, to launch the large lock center miter gate replacement project at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. The community will get the opportunity to walk along these original 106-year-old engineering marvels one last time during the event that starts and ends at the miter gates.
  • USACE seeks public comments on DAPL Draft Environmental Impact Statement

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers –Omaha District is seeking public comments on the recently published Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Dakota Access, LLC’s request for an easement under the Mineral Leasing Act for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline crosses the Corps-managed federal land at Lake Oahe, North Dakota. The DEIS is not a decision and does not authorize the easement. This milestone is the second step in the National Environmental Policy Act environmental review process and will be followed by a Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Final Environmental Impact Statement will include public comments that were received during the Draft Environmental Impact Statement public review period.