U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
Hometown: Portland, OR, US
Representatives from several state and federal agencies, local responders and others were at Bonneville Lock and Dam on the Columbia River recently for oil spill response training. Training side-by-side gives them the opportunity to practice skills and coordinate roles if ever called upon to respond to an oil spill on the Columbia or other fast-moving river in the Northwest.
Video by Michelle Helms | USACE-NWP | 10.08.2015
10.09.2015 | PORTLAND, OR, US
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PORTLAND, Ore. – The final environmental assessment for continued maintenance of the Columbia River federal navigation channel is available. The maintenance includes placement of dredged material on the eastern shoreline of Rice Island and re-handling material at an in-water site near Howard Island.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will place material on the eastern end of Rice Island located near river mile 22, to rebuild and protect the existing upland placement site. Placement of dredge material in this area may increase available forage area for streaked horned larks, which were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2013.
In-water re-handling of dredged material will take place near Howard Island, located between river miles 68 and 69, because shoaling is consistently forming too far away from the island for a dredge to directly pump that material to the existing upland placement site. Adding a sump will maximize efficiency of material placement at the existing Howard Island upland placement site.
The final EA is available on the Portland District website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Media/Announcements.aspx.
Questions regarding the final EA should be directed to Ms. Kate Michie, (503) 808-4664, Kathleen.Michie@usace.army.mil, or by mail to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Kate Michie
P.O. Box 2946, Portland, Oregon 97208-2946
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Washington, DC, US