Archive: June, 2015
  • 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.
  • Draft environmental assessment for Upper Hamburg ditch repairs available for public review

    A draft supplemental environmental assessment for repairs to a ditch at the Upper Hamburg Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Otoe County, Nebraska along Missouri River miles 556 to 552 is currently available for public review. The draft supplemental EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing ditch damage that occurred during the 2011 Missouri River flood. Comments must be submitted by July 31, 2015.
  • Comments sought on Draft Supplemental EA for repairs to Nishnabotna Bend chute

    A draft supplemental environmental assessment for repairs to the Nishnabotna Bend chute in Nemaha County, Neb. is currently available for public review. The EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing damages that occurred to the chute during the 2011 Missouri River flood. These repairs are needed to restore the intended habitat function of Nishnabotna Bend. Comments must be received by July 24, 2015.
  • Contract awarded to build shallow water habitat at Middle Decatur Bend, Burt Co., NE

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Commercial Contractors Equipment, Inc., of Lincoln, Neb. for $1,747,090 to construct shallow water habitat at Middle Decatur Bend in Burt County, Neb. The project will be constructed on land owned by the Corps, and will result in the creation of 11 acres of shallow water habitat that is intended to benefit the federally endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish and wildlife species.
  • Chatfield Dam to temporarily lower release rate

    At the request of local authorities and in coordination with the State of Colorado, the release from Chatfield Dam will be reduced temporarily from 3000 cubic feet per second to 1000 cfs tomorrow morning and will be increased back to 3000 cfs by early afternoon. The release reduction will drop the South Platte River by about one foot from the dam through Denver, Colorado but will go back up tomorrow evening. The public is urged to adhere to warnings from local authorities and stay out of the river when river levels and flows are high.
  • Left Tailrace Campground at Big Bend closed temporarily

    Clean up continues at the Big Bend Left Tailrace Campground at Fort Thompson, S.D. following a severe storm June 19. The area remains closed during this clean-up and the upper loop of the campground should be open by the weekend.
  • Gavins Point Dam Road Closed June 22-25

    Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., will be closed 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 through 5 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015. This closure will include nighttime hours. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.
  • Supplemental Draft EIS for CO Northern Integrated Supply Project released

    The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project is now available for public review. The project, coordinated by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, seeks to provide approximately 40,000 acre-feet each year from a new municipal water supply. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is neither a proponent nor an opponent of the proposed project. Jurisdictional waters of the United States would be directly impacted by NISP. Placing fill material in waters of the U.S. to construct water storage and distribution facilities associated with developing additional water supplies requires authorization from USACE under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
  • Forecast to return Tri-Lakes Dams to normal pool levels

    The release at Chatfield Dam will be increased today from 2,500 cubic feet per second to 3,000 cfs. Releases remain unchanged at Cherry Creek Dam at 100 cfs and at Bear Creek Dam at 500 cfs until next week. Following the release change at Chatfield Dam, the combined releases from the Tri-Lakes Dams will be 3,600 cfs.
  • Releases from Colorado’s Tri-Lakes Dams impacted by recent rain

    Recent rainfall has kept local runoff downstream of the Tri-Lakes Dams high along the South Platte River and its contributing creeks downstream of Denver. Tributary flows have peaked after recent rainfall and are starting to recede. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District in coordination with the State of Colorado will hold releases at Bear Creek Dam to 500 cubic feet per second and at Cherry Creek Dam to 100 cfs. Releases from Chatfield dam will be increased today and again Tuesday. Releases were cut back last week to mitigate flood risk downstream from the dams.