News Releases By Month

  • Officials seek public comments on Jones Levee Feasibility Study, Environmental Assessment

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pierce County are seeking public comments on the draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) for the Jones Levee Flood Control Feasibility Study. The 30-day public comment period is from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, 2021. The draft IFR/EA is available for review online at:
  • Dry conditions could cause unusually low Lake Washington lake-levels

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials anticipate Lake Washington’s level may drop slightly below an elevation of 20 feet this month and are taking steps to conserve water during this year’s dry weather through lockage efficiency.
  • Sturgeon flow augmentation set to begin at Libby Dam

    Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that spring run-off conditions warrant the commencement of required flow augmentation at Libby Dam, Montana, for endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon downstream in Idaho. The flow augmentation operation includes increasing outflows to full powerhouse capacity for approximately two weeks to provide river conditions that may increase sturgeon spawning success in the lower Kootenai River.
  • Albeni Falls Dam Officials Announce 2021 Recreation Season Openings

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ officials announced today that the 2021 Albeni Falls Dam recreation season will begin May 8 with the opening of Riley Creek Recreation Area. Springy Point and Priest River “The Mudhole” Recreation Areas will open for the season May 15. Albeni Cove Recreation Area is closed for the 2021 season while the campground and day-use area are used to stage materials for Strong’s Island bank stabilization work. Trestle Creek Recreation Area opened April 1.
  • Chittenden Locks officials announce lift to some COVID-19 restrictions

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will begin its next phases of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks reopening plan which include setting dates for the first floor of the visitors center to open on April 23 and access to the pedestrian bridges beginning April 28. The public restrooms will remain closed until May 3.
  • Corps of Engineers to begin Grays Harbor maintenance dredging April 12

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct Grays Harbor maintenance dredging in the Outer Harbor beginning April 12 with the USACE hopper dredge vessels Essayons and Yaquina.
  • Corps of Engineers begins Lake Washington annual summer refill

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will begin Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations February 16, 2021.
  • Mud Mountain Dam officials announce park opening

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced that Mud Mountain Dam Park will reopen to visitors on March 1, 2021. The open hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The picnic shelters, playgrounds and restrooms will also be open.
  • Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan for FY 2021 Civil Works Appropriations includes over $97 million for Seattle District projects

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on January 19, 2021. The work plan includes more than $97 million additional funding for Seattle District projects, including: • Grays Harbor - $2,750,000 • Lake Washington Ship Canal - $18,784,000 • Seattle Harbor (Harbor Donor and Energy Transfer Port Payment) - $2,782,000 • Tacoma Harbor (Harbor Donor and Energy Transfer Port Payment) - $2,744,000 • Puget Sound Nearshore Marine Habitat Restoration - $2,563,000 • Albeni Falls Dam Fish Passage - $68,100,000
  • Seattle Corps of Engineers activates Emergency Operations Center

    SEATTLE — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has declared a district emergency and activated its Emergency Operations Center Jan. 12. The emergency declaration by Col. Alexander “Xander” L. Bullock, Seattle District commander, is in response to National Weather Service forecasts for western Washington rivers to exceed flood stage with the most significant forecasts in the central Cascades. Rain is anticipated to continue through today with rivers expected to crest Wednesday.