Columbia and Snake rivers - Water recreation enthusiasts should watch out for increased amounts floating woody debris in the lower Columbia River as well as the Snake River starting Friday, June 16, 2017, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced today.

Because of high spring flows, an unusually large amount of floating wood, ranging in size from small twigs to telephone pole-sized logs, has accumulated. Officials at the dams will implement debris-spill operations as necessary to float the large volume of debris away from the powerhouse.

The Corps cautions boaters and others using the river to watch for potentially hazardous floating debris. The debris, swept into the river from high-flowing streams and tributaries, can pose a danger to river users. Wearing a life jacket or other personal flotation device is the best way to stay safe when in and around the water.

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