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Interagency Military Pass waives fees at Corps recreation sites nationwide

America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s Interagency Annual Pass for Military continues to be accepted at more than 2,500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed recreation areas nationwide. The Omaha District does not charge day use fees at any of its recreation areas. Special event, day group facility/picnic shelters and the use of the Oahe Visitor Center do not qualify for the Military Fee Waiver. Separately, the Corps continues to waive camping fees for active duty military members and their dependents on mid- or post-deployment leave from duty in a hostile fire zone to include Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other deployments to support Overseas Contingency Operations. [Read More]
Published: May-07-13

Garrison Dam West Tailrace road closure

The Garrison Dam West Tailrace Road, which provides access to the Garrison Power Plant wing walls and west side of the tailrace area, will be closed May 20 through the fall of 2013. The closure is necessary to conduct a road reconstruction project consisting of milling, replacement of asphalt pavement, culverts, storm drains and guardrails. [Read More]
Published: May-04-13

Corps seeks public comment on Draft Project Implementation Report, Little Sioux Bend shallow water habitat restoration project.

A draft Project Implementation Report for the creation of new Shallow Water Habitat on the Little Sioux Bend of the Missouri River is currently available for public review. The draft PIR provides details of the Corps’ planning process in reaching a proposal to construct SWH on the Little Sioux Bend near the town of Little Sioux, Iowa directly downstream of the Little Sioux River between river miles 668.3 – 666.7. [Read More]
Published: May-03-13

Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs snowmelt update

Snowmelt inflow is occurring at Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs, and pool elevations have been increasing as expected. Large river flows continue upstream of the reservoirs and high inflows are expected to continue for the next few weeks. Combined releases from the reservoirs are currently expected to stay below 1200 cubic feet per second; significant additional rainfall or snow may necessitate higher release levels. Pipestem Reservoir is currently at pool elevation 1460.1 feet which results in 16.6 percent of the flood pool occupied. Jamestown Reservoir is currently at pool elevation 1431.8 feet which results in 1 percent of the flood pool occupied. [Read More]
Published: May-03-13

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
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