Archive: May, 2016
  • Chittenden Locks free concerts, events begin May 29

    SEATTLE – The 27th Annual Free Summer Concerts and Events series at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard kicks off with the Boeing Employees Concert Band 2 p.m., May 29.
  • Corps of Engineers awards $48 million contract for Central Treatment Plant upgrades in Idaho’s Silver Valley

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract May 26 to upgrade and expand the currently operating Central Treatment Plant at the Bunker Hill Superfund site near Kellogg, Idaho. The work is part of a required remedial action under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s larger efforts to clean up toxic contamination in the basin.
  • Sturgeon flow augmentation at Libby Dam set to begin Friday

    Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that water temperature and reservoir inflow are now sufficient to commence sturgeon flow augmentation operations at Libby Dam, Montana, for endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon downstream in Idaho.
  • Army Corps, USCG to host spill exercise near Ballard Locks May 11

    SEATTLE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard officials will host a joint Boom Deployment and Spill Response Exercise just west of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard May 11.
  • 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.