Tag Archives: Corps of Engineers

Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 cormorant eggs to support salmon conservation in Columbia River

The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the river’s mouth from more than 14,000 breeding pairs to no more than 5,380 to 5,939 birds to reduce pressure on fish listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Double-crested cormorants are not listed under the federal Endangered Species Act but have federal protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The colony on the island at one point was believed to account for more than 40 percent of the entire Western population of the double,, >click to read<18:45

VIDEO: Dredging the Oregon Inlet

dredge-Currituck-320x230The U.S. army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, started recently dredging operations at the Oregon Inlet in order to remove the shoaling that has been obstructing the federal channel passage for commercial fishing vessels. First on the site was cast dredge Merritt that opened the federal channel at the navigation span of the Bonner Bridge to a controlling depth of 8 feet so the hopper dredge Currituck can work to open the channel to as great a depth as possible up to its authorized depth of 14 feet. Watch the video here 15:04

Congressman Walter B. Jones asks Corps of Engineers for more funding to dredge Morehead City Harbor

Congressman Jones explained that the harbor’s channel has shoaled from its authorized depth of 45 feet down to 35 feet.  Furthermore, the $4,855,000 provided for the project in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request is helpful but not sufficient to return the channel to its authorized depth.  As a result, many of the jobs and economic impact related to the harbor are in serious peril.   Read the rest here 18:51

Conservationists challenge Obama’s Columbia salmon plan

Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration’s latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon. NOAA Fisheries NMFS said in a statement that the agency has made “clear and demonstrable progress in rebuilding salmon and steelhead runs throughout the Columbia Basin,” and it expects progress to continue. Read more here 11:12

Fishermen Should be Outraged: Lower Neuse River Watershed being destroyed – Take Action

Once the damage is done and the algae blooms occur, fish kills will certainly happen. Once fisheries samples occur and very few shrimp, fish, crabs and oysters are found, the taxpayer will correct the problem. [email protected] 21:27

Will river water save Louisiana’s coast or kill the marsh?

St. Mary Parish, La. — Azure Bevington, a PhD student in coastal wetlands ecology at LSU, stands in the Wax Lake Delta, a spot that did not exist when she was born in 1980.  “It’s really amazing to think about, that this is really some of the newest land in the United States, or the world,” Bevington said. [email protected]