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  • Port of Tacoma receives approval for first environmental mitigation bank

    SEATTLE - The Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank is the Port of Tacoma's first mitigation bank and only the second joint wetland and fish conservation bank in Washington. The Port of Tacoma’s Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank, designed to offset adverse impacts to salmon and wetland habitat from development, received final approval on June 24 from the state Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
  • Chittenden Locks small chamber closing 2 weeks for annual maintenance

    SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks small chamber will close to marine traffic noon, March 5 through 5 p.m., March 16. Crews will conduct maintenance and safety inspections during the small chamber closure. Foot traffic will not be affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will get commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.
  • White River Chinook runs rising through collaborative efforts, operational changes

    SEATTLE – The White River’s 2016 Chinook salmon run numbers were the best seen in 71 years until 2017’s run. Runs consistently averaged 1,565 in the early 2000s, but 2017’s count as of mid-October was 15,565, a 67 percent increase from 2016’s 9,347 total.
  • Chittenden Locks Large chamber closed Nov. 6-22

    SEATTLE – The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard is scheduled to close to all marine traffic from 9 p.m., Nov. 6, to 8 p.m., Nov. 22, for annual maintenance. The small lock will still be available for vessels less than 120 feet in length and 26 feet in width throughout the large lock maintenance period. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.
  • Army Corps ready to respond as Western Washington rivers on flood watch

    SEATTLE—The Emergency Operations Center at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is activated and on extended shifts until further notice as flood watches and warnings have been issued for Western Washington rivers. Rivers are expected to crest Saturday night into Sunday.
  • Chittenden Locks to close 5 hours June 7 for saltwater drain inspection

    SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 allowing divers to inspect a saltwater drain screen structure.
  • Army Corps raising Lake Washington to summer elevation early

    SEATTLE – For the second consecutive year, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will raise lakes Washington and Union earlier than typical to the target summer 22-foot elevation due to lower than normal inflows.
  • Corps of Engineers begins Lake Washington annual summer refill

    SEATTLE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials began Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations Feb. 18.
  • Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project report, EIS available

    SEATTLE – The Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project have been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.
  • Corps of Engineers set to begin Quillayute area dredging Sept. 25

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor is staging equipment near LaPush, Washington, in anticipation for upcoming dredging operations.