Archive | May, 2018

KATU News Features Levee Ready Columbia Partnership

KATU News Crews came out to see the MCDD and Levee Ready Columbia teams recent response in action yesterday. MCDD staff has been working around the clock to ensure the levees stay in good condition through the sustained high-water levels.Their work is essential in helping to reduce flood risks throughout the region. Thanks and congratulations to MCDD and LRC Staff for all their hard work around Enhanced Operations and helping raise public awareness about the need to maintain levee accreditation. Watch and share the story from KATU News:

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Brown Visits EOU

LA GRANDE — Oregon Governor Kate Brown visited Eastern Oregon University Saturday morning to sign the bill allocating $9 million toward building a field house on campus.

The field house will be the first new campus building in 30 years that is fully funded by the state, according to a press release from EOU.

“When I came to EOU a few years ago, the field house was part of our master plan, but it was just a small project (that) was only focused on athletics and was ultimately about bringing wrestling back to EOU,” said Tom Insko, EOU president. “As we looked at (the field house plans) we felt we had the opportunity to do something significantly more.”….

…Brown also introduced the Oregon Solutions project with EOU and Portland State University. Oregon Solutions brings businesses, government and nonprofits to the table to agree on what role each can play to address a community need.

“Educators, local leaders, legislators and businesses are all at the table working on a strategy focused on people, place and prosperity,” Brown said. “That’s why we’re focused on launching ‘Future Ready Oregon,’ a new initiative to make sure our students and our adults have hands-on learning opportunities to prepare them for the jobs our growing businesses need at every single corner of the state. To help make this vision a reality in La Grande and throughout the region, I am very happy to announce the launch of the Urban Rural Ambassadors program. This is a new partnership with EOU and with PSU and Oregon Solutions. It will challenge students, whether from Pendleton or Portland to provide creative solutions to meet the needs of our diverse communities and support our local thriving economies.”

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Brown Visits EOU. The Observer. April 30, 2018.

Oregon Lawmakers Seek Flood Study for Portland

Washington, D.C. – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader today strongly urged federal officials to support a flood protection feasibility study for Portland.

The Oregon lawmakers said their request comes as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about the prospects for a Portland flood.

“The Corps has recognized a substantial increase in the system’s risk profile and potential consequences from a major flood event making further investigation of the existing system an urgent need,” they wrote Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Assistant Army Secretary R.D. James.

The lawmakers asked that the Portland Metropolitan Flood Protection Project General Investigations Feasibility Study be included in the Army Corps’ work plan for the 2018 fiscal year. The letter notes that the area now protected by the Corps-designed and built 27-mile levee system was the site in 1948 of a catastrophic levee breach that killed 15 people and permanently displaced the entire Vanport community.

View the letter (PDF) here.

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Oregon Lawmakers Seek Flood Study for Portland: Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, DeFazio, Bonamici, Schrader Cite Army Corps Concerns Covering Former Vanport Area. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release. April 30, 2018.