Archive: 2022
  • USACE to close Hiram M. Chittenden large and small locks for inspections, Oct. 31

    The Hiram M. Chittenden large and small locks will close to all marine traffic Oct. 31, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., to inspect the large locks, open a saltwater drain screen structure, and to conduct large lock sill and pump discharge inspections, in preparation for the large lock dewatering outage.
  • Lake Washington levels to drop below 20 feet

    Lake Washington’s level projected to drop below 20 feet Sept. 21, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are taking steps to conserve water during the year’s dry weather through lockage efficiency.
  • International Kootenay Lake Board of Control holding annual public meeting

    The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control will hold its annual public meeting at the Best Western Kootenai River Inn Casino in Bonners Ferry, Idaho at 7 p.m. PDT on October 5. There is also an option to participate virtually.
  • BP Cherry Point Terminal Final Environmental Impact Statement Released

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the North Wing of the BP Cherry Point Marine Terminal, which is located near Ferndale, Washington.
  • 43 fish die in Mud Mountain Dam fish passage facility

    Two physical barrier mishaps occurred at the new Mud Mountain Dam fish passage facility June 22 and June 26, which left 42 Chinook salmon and one bull trout dead.
  • Late spring storms bring high flows, potential debris on Lake Pend Oreille

    Heavy precipitation from a series of late spring storms combined with above average and late-melting snowpack runoff have significantly increased inflows into Lake Pend Oreille and increased flood risk downstream of Albeni Falls Dam. The Pend Oreille River has exceeded flood flow and is likely to stay above that threshold for the next week.
  • Tacoma Harbor deepening project ready for Congressional consideration

    The Tacoma Harbor Navigation Improvement Project reached a major milestone this week with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon’s signing of the project’s Chief of Engineers’ Report May 26. This sets the stage for Congress to consider action to authorize and fund the project to deepen the Blair Waterway enabling the Port of Tacoma to handle new, larger container ships.
  • Lake Washington Annual Summer Refill Underway

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials began Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations Feb.
  • Sturgeon flow augmentation begins May 16 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 provide river conditions that may increase sturgeon spawning success in the lower Kootenai River.
  • 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