Group Wants to Reopen Willamette Falls Locks

“Big changes are coming to Willamette Falls, the second largest waterfall by volume in North America. One project that hit a bit of a snag recently is, once again, back on track. That is the plan for a riverwalk at the site of the former Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City. The current designs … Read more

The US Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Study of Flood Protection Systems in Portland Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Evyn Mitchell, Public Affairs & Communications Manager  (503) 281-5675 emitchell@mcdd.org Portland, Ore. –  The US Army Corps of Engineers have announced that they will conduct a flood damage reduction feasibility study of the Portland metropolitan levee system. The designation came through the Corps’ storm supplemental with funding for a $3 million feasibility … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Governor’s Directive Boosts County Project

Governor Kate Brown has awarded Oregon Solutions project status to a local collaborative that seeks to build a career and technical education center in south Douglas County. A release from the Douglas Education Service District says project boosters are hoping the center will be operational by September of this year.

John Day receives $2.25 million in state broadband, dispatch funding

State legislators approved $2.25 million in funding for John Day earlier this month. John Day City Manager Nick Green said $1.82 million will go toward fiber optic broadband service, and $420,000 will go to help fund the local dispatch center. The broadband funding, requested by Sen. Ted Ferrioli, will allow for nearly 70 percent of … Read more

City Launches Initiative to Prevent Displacement of East Portland Homeowners

‘Flood Insurance Savings Program’ Will Help Reduce Cost, Risk in Johnson Creek Floodplain   Portland, OR –  The City of Portland today launches a new program to mitigate and prevent displacement among East Portland homeowners at risk for flooding and rising insurance premiums. As many as 800 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods could … Read more