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  • N.D. landowners with flowage easements to receive letters on property use requirements

    Many landowners with properties that are adjacent to Lake Sakakawea and along the Missouri and Little Muddy Rivers are being sent letters notifying them that their property falls under a flowage easement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. The Corps has acquired numerous flowage easements in this area. If a property falls under a flowage easement, the land owner must obtain consent from the Corps prior to excavation, fill or construction on those lands.
  • Gavins Point Dam Road Closed June 2-6

    Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, June 2 through noon Friday, June 6. This closure will include nighttime hours. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.
  • Piping plover arrive in North Dakota

    Some areas around Lake Sakakawea where Piping Plovers typically nest are inaccessible during this year's nesting season. Park rangers and biologists from several agencies have observed many of the birds at area boat ramps. As the mountain snowpack begins to melt and the runoff arrives at Lake Sakakawea, rising lake elevations reduce the available nesting habitat near the lake and lead to birds nesting in marina parking lots and boat ramp areas. If you discover what appears to be a Plover nest along Lake Sakakawea, or have questions about Piping Plovers, please call the USACE office in Riverdale, N.D. at 701-654-7759.
  • Annual sediment flushing exercise scheduled at Cherry Creek Reservoir

    The annual sediment flushing exercise will be completed at Cherry Creek Reservoir on Thursday, May 29, 2014. A release of 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) will be made at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 until the flush begins. The actual flushing exercise will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, May 29, when the release will be set back to normal levels. The travel time from Cherry Creek dam to the Cherry Creek at Denver streamgage, located at the Champa Street Bridge, is about 6 hours.
  • Jamestown Reservoir Releases to Increase

    Jamestown Reservoir releases will be increased to 500 cfs on Wednesday, May 21. Pipestem Reservoir releases will remain unchanged at 5 cfs. The combined release will be 505 cfs. Stages are expected to increase by about 4 inches at the James River at Jamestown gage.
  • Public comment period extended for Yellowstone River diversion dam modification project at Intake, Mont.

    The public comment period for the Yellowstone River diversion dam modification project at Intake, Mont. has been extended to May 16, 2014. The draft document for the proposed project can be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone/index.html and in hardcopy at libraries in Glendive and Sidney, Mont.
  • Moffat Collection System Project Final EIS available for public review

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is announcing the release of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Denver Water’s Moffat Collection System Project, a Colorado Front Range water supply proposal to enlarge the existing Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, using existing infrastructure to divert water from the Fraser River, Williams Fork River, Blue River and South Platte River to Denver’s existing water treatment system during average and wet years.
  • Public comment sought on flood risk management and ecosystem restoration study near Greeley, Colo.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the city of Greeley, will hold a public meeting on Monday, Apr. 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rodarte Center, 920 A Street in Greeley, Colo. to solicit comments on a draft feasibility study report and environmental assessment that identifies alternatives for flood risk management and ecosystem restoration within a 17-mile reach of the Cache la Poudre River, near Greeley. There will be a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex to embark on cross country journey

    The USACE Omaha District’s Wankel T.rex will soon travel from Montana, where it has resided for the past 66 million years, to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Mont., home to the T.rex since it was excavated in 1990, will host a free, public sendoff April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is planning a number of events, beginning April 15, to welcome the T. rex to the Nation’s Capital. Be sure to follow the Wankel T.rex's journey through our social media outlets at #trexroadtrip
  • Public comment sought on Intake diversion dam modification, lower Yellowstone project at Intake, Mont.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Bureau of Reclamation, co-lead agencies on the Intake Diversion Dam modification project, are seeking public comments on a draft supplement to an environmental assessment that was released in 2010. The supplement identifies alternatives to modify the existing diversion dam located in Intake, Mont. to improve passage for endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish in the lower Yellowstone River.