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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District      

    Portland, OR, US  


    Cougar Dam sits across the McKenzie River
    That sounds fishy: fish ladders at high-head dams impractical, largely unneeded

    Recent News Stories

    Crowded crest in Portland confronts crafty crew of...

    12.14.2020 | Story by Tom Conning
    The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus sits on a 450-foot-tall basalt-rock hill south of downtown. Marquam Hill, also known as “Pill Hill” due to the amount of medical facilities clustered on its crest, is also crowded with homes, steep slopes and daily commuters (during non-pandemic times). These steep and rocky slopes garnered ridicule for Dr. Kenneth Mackenzie when he initially proposed to build a medical school on...

    Recent Images

    Corps operates screw traps

    Corps operates screw traps

    05.28.2021 | Photo by Tom Conning
    A screw trap sits below Cougar Dam, east of Eugene, Ore., May 28, 2021. Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors check the...
    Mark Parrish

    Mark Parrish

    10.15.2020 | Courtesy Photo
    Mark Parrish, who has a background as a mathematician and civil engineer with extensive hydrological expertise, was promoted to a newly created...
    South Jetty commemoration

    South Jetty commemoration

    08.31.2020 | Photo by Jeremy Bell
    A construction crewmember moves a stone so excavators can place it on the South Jetty near Hammond, Ore., Aug. 31. The Portland District, U.S....

    Recent Videos

    Serenity Now - Detroit Dam

    Serenity Now - Detroit Dam

    06.03.2021 | Video by Tom Conning
    Detroit Dam is located at river mile 49 on the North Santiam River, about 45 miles southeast of Salem, Ore. Detroit is a concrete dam with gated...

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