Accession Number : ADA627169


Title :   Currents of Change: A History of the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1980-2000


Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT PORTLAND OR


Personal Author(s) : Jennings, Todd ; Mighetto, Lisa ; Schnaiberg, Jill


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a627169.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 259


Abstract : The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest since 1871. The Portland District's influence in the region is explained in William F. Willingham's book, Army Engineers and the Development of Oregon: A History of the Portland District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1983). It is my pleasure to introduce this update to the history of the Portland District, focusing on the years 1980-2000. Currents of Change highlights the District's work in the traditional missions of navigation and hydropower. It also illustrates the Corps' newer missions, including recreation, responding to emergencies, regulating wetlands, and environmental restoration, while describing how the District incorporated new technologies and maintained a skilled and dedicated workforce. A century ago residents in the Pacific Northwest would have been astonished at the region's current focus on environmental issues. Our nation's values and priorities have changed considerably during the last 20 years, requiring new responses from Congress, policy makers, and federal agencies. Currents of Change demonstrates how the Portland District adapted to these rapid changes, while continuing to serve the region's residents and an increasing number and diversity of interests. It is difficult to imagine a more exciting period in our District's history. The years 1980-2000 include several monumental events - including the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the listings of endangered salmon under the Endangered Species Act - developments that will shape the region for years to come. As Currents of Change shows, the Portland District remains a very important force in the region's history. The employees of the Portland District have played an essential role - and this is their story. Currents of Change reminds us of all we have accomplished during the last 20 years, as we look forward to the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead in the 21 st century.


Descriptors :   *ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS , *HISTORY , BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION , ENDANGERED SPECIES , ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , FISHES , HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , NAVIGATION , OREGON , STANDARDS , WATER RESOURCES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Civil Engineering
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE