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  • USACE announces release plans at Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs

    OMAHA, Neb – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District announced that maximum combined releases are not expected to exceed 200 cubic feet per second this year. Significant rainfall could necessitate higher release levels.
  • USACE conducting dam safety modification study efforts at Garrison Dam in North Dakota

    OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District is conducting a dam safety modification study at Garrison Dam, near Riverdale, North Dakota. The study addresses risks associated with the design of the concrete spillway. These risks were identified during the 2011 Missouri River flood, when the Garrison Dam’s spillway was used for the first time in the dam’s nearly 70 year history to help control the flow of the Missouri River and lessen the impacts of severe flooding on downstream communities like Bismarck.
  • Construction project begins below Gavins Point Dam

    YANKTON, S.D. – A large construction contract has begun in the area below Gavins Point Dam along Lake Yankton. The project is to connect relief wells, which are at the bottom, or “toe” of the dam, that are designed to relieve excess water pressure on the earthen structure. There are 75 relief wells and numerous discharges into Lake Yankton. Of those 75 relief wells, 31 will be connected into three main discharges. This will allow for a more controlled discharge. Once the main discharges are installed, the ground will be backfilled with dirt to cover the discharge pipes and prevent any erosion.
  • Draft environmental impact statement for Fort Peck Dam test releases available for public review

    OMAHA, Neb. – In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for proposed test releases from Fort Peck Dam, Montana for the benefit of federally endangered pallid sturgeon.
  • USACE seeks public comment on draft environmental assessment to protect public infrastructure, surface water resources in Sweet Grass County, Montana

    Omaha, Neb. – A draft environmental assessment to protect public infrastructure and surface water resources along Big Timber Creek, in Sweet Grass County, Montana is available for public review through April 24, 2021.
  • Corps seeking public comments on Council Bluffs Riverfront Project Draft Environmental Assessment

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is seeking public comments on the recently released Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Council Bluffs Riverfront Project.
  • Crest Road Closed Monday, March 1 for maintenance

    The road that crosses Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, also known as Crest Road, will be closed Monday, March 1 from 12:30 pm – 3 pm for maintenance. People are asked to take alternate routes during the closure.
  • Army Corps of Engineers requires face masks at all recreation projects

    As we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds all visitors, volunteers and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities. Masks must also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed lands and recreation areas if physical distancing cannot be met, such as when hiking on trails or visiting sites that may be popular or crowded.
  • Public comments sought on draft integrated letter report, programmatic environmental assessment for inspection stations in Upper Missouri River Basin

    A draft integrated letter report and programmatic environmental assessment has been developed to determine the economic and environmental impacts of federal participation in state-managed watercraft inspection programs along the Upper Missouri River Basin in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Public comments on the draft EA will be accepted until March 2, 2021.
  • Crest Road to close Feb. 9 for maintenance

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District announced that Crest Road, which crosses Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, will be closed Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for maintenance. People are asked to take an alternate route during the closure.