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Powerhouse tours, camping and day use at Garrison Dam and Lake Sakakawea

A new schedule is available for Powerhouse tours, campground opening dates and camping fees for the 2013 recreation season. Walk-in Tours of the Powerhouse will take place Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. They will be conducted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tours for large groups can be arranged by calling 701-654-7758. Day use fees will be waived at Lake Sakakawea for the 2013 season. [Read More]
Published: May-03-13

Bass Pro Shops and Corps Partner together to educate water safety at Annual Go Outdoors Event

As part of a Water Safety Partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Park Rangers from Tri-Lakes Project near Denver, Colo., and Missouri River Project near Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be hosting “Wear it Right” and “Safe Passage” seminars. These free Summer Kickoff seminars and activities will be held May 18, 19, 26 and 27 as a part of Bass Pro Shops Annual Go Outdoors event. [Read More]
Published: Apr-30-13

Corps seeks public comment on Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment, Hole-in-the-Rock backwater excavation

A draft supplemental environmental assessment for the renovation of a previously constructed backwater habitat at Hole-in-the-Rock is currently available for public review. The draft supplemental EA evaluates the environmental impacts of restoring the shallow water habitat quality and function of the previously constructed Hole-in-the-Rock backwater near river mile 706.0, approximately five miles north of Macy on the Omaha Reservation in Thurston County, Neb. [Read More]
Published: Apr-29-13

Release plan announced for Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs

Snowmelt inflow is expected to begin at Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs in the next week. Combined releases from the reservoirs are currently expected to stay below 1200 cubic feet per second (cfs) with snowpack conditions being compared to 2001. Significant additional rainfall or snow may necessitate higher release levels. [Read More]
Published: Apr-25-13

Big Bend's Left Tailrace Campground reopening delayed

The Left Tailrace Campground at the Big Bend Dam has remained closed since flooding in 2011. The flooding caused extensive damage requiring repairs that begin in mid 2012. The reopening is scheduled for early May however, technical difficulties and inclement weather have led to delays in contract completion. Prior to making travel arrangements, visitors should call the Big Bend Project Office or check online for campground status updates. [Read More]
Published: Apr-24-13

Construction projects impact water-based facilities at some Gavins Point recreation areas

Due to an ongoing construction project, all recreation areas below Gavins Point Dam that are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be without water-based facilities until approximately Memorial Day weekend. While the parks will remain open, some facilities within the parks will be closed. [Read More]
Published: Apr-18-13

Boaters, Anglers, and Hunters: Beware of Cold Water

With the ice now off most local area rivers and lakes boaters, anglers, and hunters need to take extra precautions when around water during this time of year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation opportunities, cautions outdoor recreationists to protect themselves against cold water immersion and hypothermia. [Read More]
Published: Apr-15-13

Weather alters schedule; spillway flow test scheduled at Gavins Point Dam April 16

The spillway flow test at Gavins Point Dam, originally scheduled for April 10, 2013, is rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new test date is Tuesday, April 16, 2013. As part of the ongoing rehabilitation and repair of the damage from the Missouri River Flood of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, will temporarily shift discharges out of Gavins Point Dam from the powerhouse to the spillway. [Read More]
Published: Apr-11-13

Public reminded about risks of living behind levees, below dams

Dry conditions throughout the Missouri River basin since last summer might lead some communities throughout the Missouri River basin to believe that the risk of flooding is nonexistent this year. The risk of flooding still remains even during a drought, particularly due to isolated thunderstorms in areas below Gavins Point Dam where the Corps does not have a way to regulate the runoff. Residents throughout the basin are reminded to remain vigilant even during this drought period. [Read More]
Published: Apr-11-13

Spillway flow test at Gavins Point Dam postponed due to inclement weather

The spillway flow test which was scheduled for April 10 at Gavins Point Dam has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new test date is Tuesday April 16. The purpose of the test is to gain additional information on the current condition of the spillway after interim repairs have been made. The test is being conducted as part of the ongoing rehabilitation and repair of the damage from the Missouri River Flood of 2011. [Read More]
Published: Apr-10-13
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