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Agencies keep essentials available during shutdown

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

Federal agencies operating in the Cottage Grove area say only their essential functions are currently operating during a shutdown of the U.S. government that continues at press time Monday.

Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Cottage Grove and Dorena Reservoirs, told the Sentinel Monday that “operations essential to the protection of human life and safety” are exempt from the shutdown. Such activities include the production of hydroelectric power at dams operated by the Corps and flood risk management, including recent activities to draw down reservoirs in advance of winter rains. Clemans called such operations “non-negotiable.” He added, though, that parks, campgrounds and other facilities (most of which are already closed for the season) will not be open.

Clemans said that recreational facilities such as campgrounds operate on funding appropriated annually by Congress and as such are currently subjected to the shutdown. Operations such as power production, however, are continuing through funding that comes in over multiple years, such as funding provided by the Bonneville Power Administration for power operations.

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