The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is slated to receive $146 million from federal funds to go toward aging infrastructure in Oregon, according to a release from the Corps Portland District.
The Portland District has one of the Corps' most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs in the nation, operates the locks and dams along the Columbia River, and covers most of Oregon and southwest Washington. The Corps operates Willamette Valley dams for flood risk management, is a national leader in hydropower generation and maintains coastal rivers for navigation. The Corps also ensures attention to fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation, as well as environmental protection and restoration.
"This funding will provide critical improvements to some of the region's most vital civil works infrastructure," said Liza Wells, Portland District deputy district engineer, in a statement. "Oregon's coastal communities will benefit from enhanced economic opportunities thanks to the upcoming repairs to the Coos Bay and Tillamook jetty systems, while also increasing the safety aspects of traversing the dangerous Pacific coast. We'll also make improvements to our system of dams throughout the region; it's important work and we're eager to move these jobs forward."
The federal funding comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Projects receiving funding were announced Jan. 19, 2022, after the Corps submitted detailed plans to Congress.
Projects in Oregon receiving funds include:
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