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  • Army Corps improves Kootenai River habitat with second large wood placement

    Army Corps of Engineers released the second batch of fish habitat logs into the Kootenai River May 7, as part of its “Wood is Good” large wood nourishment project. USACE hopes the project is a template for other national and global entities to use, for similar Engineering With Nature projects on rivers they manage.
  • Army Corps targets earlier refill for Lake Washington

    Seattle District Water Management officials are filling Lake Washington nearly a month early with full refill expected in early May, due to the statewide drought declaration. Snowpack is lower than normal, and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s seasonal forecasts show a warmer and drier summer ahead. The mariner community along Lake Washington Ship Canal and in Lakes Washington and Union is advised to expect earlier high water than in previous years.
  • USACE Botanical Garden earns ArbNet Level II accreditation

    The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden achieved Level II Accreditation from The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program established a widely recognized set of industry standards for the arboretum community. No other international program of accreditation exists that is specific to arboreta.
  • Corps of Engineers begins Grays Harbor maintenance dredging April 8

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge vessels Yaquina and Essayons begin Grays Harbor outer harbor maintenance dredging, April 8. Maintenance and navigation dredging are required in harbor areas, ports, and marinas, to support the state's economy.
  • Army Corps refilling Lake Washington for summer

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials began Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations Feb. 15. Water managers are targeting a typical annual refill of the lake to elevation 22 feet this spring, to help meet increased summer water use and provide water necessary for fish passage, navigation and salinity control.
  • Army Corps modernizing Chittenden Locks’ aging equipment

    U.S. Army Corps replaces and improves small locks' mechanical, electrical and controls equipment Feb. 26, at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle. Phase one, part of a multiphase project, includes concrete demolition and cutting for new operating equipment and electrical runways, and should be complete Sept. 6, 2024.
  • From Villain to Victor: History of the Bald Eagle Watch

    Bald eagle watches are a popular winter event in many states with wintering eagle populations. Watches began after eagle populations crashed in the 1960s to share information about challenges threatening the birds’ survival.
  • 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.