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  • Public comment sought on proposed oil and gas pipeline project in North Dakota

    A draft environmental assessment addendum has been prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District to determine if any environmental impacts would be caused by a proposed project to construct an oil and gas pipeline system in McKenzie and Mountrail counties, N.D. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than December 31, 2015.
  • Road work at Downstream Campground Area at Garrison Dam

    Road work near the Downstream Campground Area located at the Garrison Dam from October 5th through October 30 will halt bow hunting in loops 1 through 3 from October 15. Bow hunting is typically allowed in the Downstream Campground loops 1-3. From October 15, bow hunting will NOT be allowed while the area is closed for road work. Camping open for the 2016 camping season starting May 15, 2016 through September 15, 2016. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by accessing www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
  • Reclamation schedules Lake Audubon fall drawdown

    Water levels on Lake Audubon will start being lowered by the Bureau of Reclamation beginning the week of September 28 as part of annual fall drawdown operations.
  • Vegetation control to begin on Missouri River sandbars between Garrison Dam and Lake Oahe headwaters, N.D.

    During September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct vegetation management activities on sandbars in the Missouri River between Garrison Dam and the Hazelton Boat Ramp on Lake Oahe (river miles 1381 to 1278). The Bismarck-Mandan river reach (river miles 1325 to 1310), the Wilton/Steckel boat ramp at river mile 1343.6, and river miles 1364 and 1363 north of Washburn, N.D. will not be sprayed. This work is being done to keep the sandbars free of vegetation and usable by the endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover for nesting.
  • Be safe, know and follow the rules this upcoming holiday

    With the upcoming holiday, rangers at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas across the Missouri Basin want to remind the public about a few rules and policies to help prevent fires, drowning, protect public safety and make for overall enjoyable recreation experiences during the holiday weekend and in the future.
  • "Play it safe" at USACE Lakes

    The warmer temperatures are bringing more visitors to recreation areas across the Omaha District. Park Rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are reminding visitors to have life jackets for everyone and please wear them. On average, 9 out of 10 people who drowned at a USACE lake or river project didn’t wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives by keeping you afloat and providing time for rescue.
  • Temporary Closure of East Tailrace Recreation Area at Garrison Dam

    The road to the East Tailrace Recreation Area downstream of the Garrison Dam in Riverdale, N.D. will be closed on April 27 and April 28 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This closure is required to allow sedimentation removal from the downstream boat ramp. The road to the East Tailrace will be closed during this time. Shore fishing at the East Tailrace will not be permitted. Shore fishing will remain available at the West Tailrace. Signs will be in place to direct the public. Access to the East Tailrace will reopen once the work is completed.
  • Winter ice access in ND comes with regulations and safety warnings

    The 2014-2015 winter access policy for North Dakota including Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon is now available. Jeff Keller, Natural Resource Manager at Williston, said, "Any winter activity performed on the ice can be hazardous. The Corps does not encourage or recommend driving on the ice at any time. Thin ice or open water may exist anywhere along the river or across the lake, and pressure ridges occur throughout the winter."
  • Garrison Dam West Tailrace Road reopens

    The West Tailrace Road at the Garrison Dam near Riverdale, N.D., which provides access to the Garrison Power Plant wing walls and west side of the tailrace area, is now open for public use.
  • Vegetation control to begin on Missouri River sandbars between Garrison Dam and Lake Oahe headwaters, N.D.

    During September, the Omaha District will conduct vegetation management activities on sandbars in the Missouri River. Contractors will use a helicopter to spray sandbars with aquatic-approved herbicides to keep them clear of vegetation. This work is being done so that the sandbars can continue to be used by the endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover for nesting. The sandbars being treated are on the Missouri River between the Garrison Dam and the Hazelton Boat Ramp on Lake Oahe (river miles 1381 to 1278). The Bismarck-Mandan river reach, river miles 1325 to 1310, and river miles 1364 and 1363 north of Washburn, N.D. will not be sprayed.