Willamette Falls Locks Task Force

The Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks Task Force was established through Senate Bill 131 (2015), which states that the Task Force shall:

(a) Compile information relating to the Willamette Falls navigation canal and locks, including, but not limited to:

(A) The historical and cultural aspects of the canal and locks;

(B) Economic opportunities that could follow from reopening the canal and locks;

(C) The importance of the canal and locks for emergency planning; and

(D) Transportation on the canal and locks, including recreational and commercial uses.

(b) Consider means of facilitating the repair and reopening of the Willamette Falls navigation canal and locks, including, but not limited to:

(A) Monitoring repairs by the United States Army Corps of Engineers;

(B) Making recommendations to the corps relating to the responsibilities of the corps under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the Section 106 process, assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the corps’ Dam Safety Action Classification-I (DSAC-I) expedited investigation and other applicable studies;

(C) Requesting federal funding for the repair, reopening and operation of the canal and locks; and

(D) Identifying other sources of funding for the repair, reopening and operation of the canal and locks.

(c) Develop a plan for the sustainable operation of the canal and locks.

(d) Consider governance models for the lease or transfer of the canal and locks to a local, regional, state or other entity.

Final Task Force Members List

Additional Resources

FINAL TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS (NOVEMBER 2016)

Task Force meeting materials and resources are posted below.

Meeting Materials

September 13, 2016

June 15, 2016

May 9, 2016

April 15, 2016 Tribal Perspectives Meeting

March 16, 2016 Meeting Two

January 12, 2016 Meeting One

Background Materials

Willamette Falls Locks Task Force Proposed Schedule 2016

Willamette Falls Locks Task Force Topics List

Willamette Locks Historical Timeline (1850-current)

Briefing Memo Willamette Falls Locks State Task Force

USACE 2011 Deficiency and Cost Estimate Summary Table


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