Archive: 2013
  • Cherry Creek and Bear Creek Dams begin making small water releases

    To meet water supply requirements in the Denver area, two of the three Denver-area reservoirs operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District will begin making small water releases today. Chatfield Lake remains 5.5 feet below the base of the flood control pool and no releases are scheduled. Releases from Bear Creek Dam will be 250 cubic feet per second and releases from Cherry Creek Dam will be 40 cfs, both beginning today. Over the next several days, coordination with the State of Colorado will continue, and it is likely releases will be gradually increased in order to evacuate flood control storage from these reservoirs.
  • Pool elevations for Bear Creek Dam may approach record levels

    Heavy rains since September 10, have fallen largely downstream of the three Denver-area dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. Small pool rises are expected for Cherry Creek and Chatfield Lakes. Bear Creek Lake, located on Bear Creek Dam on the southwest edge of suburban Lakewood, Colo., has experienced increased inflows from the rainfall. The reservoir pool elevation is expected to approach its record elevation of 5587.1 feet, which occurred in 1995. Pool elevation data for these and other Corps-operated dams can be tracked online at and are updated hourly.
  • Post-flood and Flood Protection Permitting

    During emergencies and times of imminent danger, landowners may decide to take action they believe is necessary to protect property. Where possible, the public should contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Denver Regulatory Office (303) 979-4120 for work associated with flood protection and repair work for flood damaged areas performed in waters of the U.S. within the State of Colorado and the Omaha District. A flood emergency does not remove the landowner's responsibility to obtain a Section 404 permit when one is required.
  • Draft Environmental Assessment for sand removal project at Snyder Bend available for public review

    A draft environmental assessment for sand removal at Snyder Bend in Woodbury County, Iowa is currently available for public review. The draft EA evaluates the environmental impacts of restoring Snyder Bend’s wetlands back to their pre-2011 flood condition.
  • Corps to host public scoping webinars for the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and EIS

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is hosting two scoping webinars on September 11 and 18 to solicit comments on the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Participants are encouraged to attend one or both webinars, which will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) on both days.
  • Public scoping meeting for Cold Brook and Cottonwood Springs Project Master Plans scheduled for Sept. 17

    A public scoping meeting to gather input for developing a Master Plan for the Cold Brook and Cottonwood Springs projects, will be held Sept. 17 at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs, S.D. The public is encouraged to attend at any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Mueller Civic Center is located at 801 S. 6th Street, Hot Springs, S.D. 57747.
  • Public comment sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for repairs to Main Ditch 6 levee, Hamburg, Iowa

    A draft environmental assessment for Public Law 84-99 levee rehabilitation construction at the Main Ditch 6 levee near Hamburg, Iowa is currently available for public review. Rehabilitation construction will consist of in-line repairs to bring the levee back to pre-flood conditions.
  • Pipestem Reservoir Flood Storage Nears Evacuation

    As the flood control storage at Pipestem Reservoir nears evacuation, releases were reduced from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 500 cfs on August 26. Jamestown Reservoir releases are 30 cfs, and the combined release of the two reservoirs is 530 cfs.
  • Gavins Point Dam Power plant tour schedule changes for upcoming holiday

    There will be no tours of the Gavins Point Power plant near Yankton, S.D., on Friday, August 30. The tour schedule for Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 will be every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except noon). Tours on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tours for school and civic groups can be scheduled September through May by calling 402-667-2546.
  • Vegetation control to begin on Missouri River sandbars between Garrison Dam and Lake Oahe headwaters, N.D.

    During the period between September 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have a contractor spraying sandbars aerially with aquatically-approved herbicides for vegetation control on emergent sandbar habitat in the Missouri River below Garrison Dam and ending in the Lake Oahe headwaters (river miles 1381 to 1283). The Bismarck-Mandan area is excluded from spraying activities (river miles 1310 to 1325).