Archive: 2016
  • Army Corps halts Gateway Pacific Terminal permitting process

    After careful consideration of all the information available to him, Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck has determined the potential impacts to the Lummi Nation’s usual and accustomed (U&A) fishing rights from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal are greater than de minimis. Because the district has determined the effects to the Lummi’s rights are more than de minimis and because the Lummi maintain their objections to this proposal, the project cannot be permitted by the Corps.
  • Visit with Live Birds of Prey at Libby Dam May 14

    The Libby Dam Visitor Center is hosting a biologist from Birds of Prey NW along with several diverse birds to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday May 14.
  • State’s first wetland-fish bank approved: Coweeman River Mitigation Bank will benefit wetland and salmon habitat

    Washington state’s first joint wetland and fish habitat bank was signed into operation May 5. This landmark event certifies that the 302-acre mitigation bank along the Coweeman River will now protect wetland functions and create habitat for several life-stages of salmon.
  • 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.
  • Weatherwax wetland bank certified to run in Ocean Shores

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology have certified the operation of a wetland mitigation bank on land owned by the City of Ocean Shores located within the city boundaries in Grays Harbor County. The new 121.86 acre Weatherwax Wetland and Habitat Bank will preserve and enhance a rare and unique ecosystem within the city of Ocean Shores.
  • Officials seek public comments on Draft Feasibility Report, Environmental Impact Statement for Puyallup Flood Risk Management Study

    SEATTLE - Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pierce County, Washington, are seeking public comments on the Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Puyallup River Basin Flood Risk Management General Investigation Study. The 45-day public comment period is from March 25 to May 9, 2016. This document is available for viewing online at and a paper copy will be made available at the Puyallup Public Library and Pierce County Library in Orting, Washington.
  • Army Corps begins annual spring fill of Howard Hanson Dam

    Water managers have begun slowly filling the reservoir at Howard Hanson Dam at the headwaters of the Green River.
  • Corps of Engineers to start Grays Harbor maintenance dredging April 1

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin annual Grays Harbor maintenance dredging in the Outer Harbor April 1, 2016.
  • Chittenden Locks small chamber closing for annual maintenance

    SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks small chamber closed to marine traffic noon, March 14 through 5 p.m., March 25.
  • Corps of Engineers activates Emergency Operations Center

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has declared a district emergency and put its Emergency Operations Center into operation Feb. 19. The emergency declaration by Col. John Buck, Seattle District commander, is to address current weather conditions and a growing pool in the reservoir at Mud Mountain Dam in Enumclaw, Washington, on the White River.