Silver Jackets: Many Partners, One team


Many Partners, One Team


For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Portland District, Email, 503-808-4944

Interagency Non-Structural Proposal Requests Now Open

The Oregon Silver Jackets Group is soliciting proposal topics from communities until March 2024. Interagency Nonstructural Efforts focus on flood risk reduction activities that leverage Silver Jackets team members’ expertise and programs.  Through these efforts, the Silver Jacket team can provide technical services and planning guidance to support effective floodplain management.  For more information see the flyer (pdf, 310 KB) or contact:

Email Oregon Silver Jackets

Oregon Silver Jackets

The Oregon Silver Jackets Team is a subcommittee to the State Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team.


Establish and strengthen intergovernmental partnerships at the state level as a catalyst in developing comprehensive and sustainable solutions to flood hazard challenges in Oregon.


Through an interagency team of State and Federal agencies, the Oregon Silver Jackets Team will:

  • Facilitate strategic, integrated life-cycle mitigation actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability and consequences of flooding in the state of Oregon;
  • Create or supplement a mechanism to collaboratively solve issues and implement or recommend solutions;
  • Foster leveraging of available resources and information between agencies;
  • Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach,
  • Promote wise stewardship of the taxpayers' investments,
  • Develop a more comprehensive regional flood risk management strategy through participation in the Flood Mitigation Subcommittee to the State Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team, and
  • Integrate mitigation into recovery actions.

Team Activities

Silver Jackets Hub

Oregon Silver Jackets Hub Banner

The Oregon SJ team has identified a top priority to develop an informational HUB that can serve to facilitate community visits, data sharing to communities, and outreach. The State has currently organized the use of HUBs within the IHMT and would like to create a Silver Jackets HUB in it's function as a sub-committee to the state team. Over the past years, an explosion of online information has caused confusion at a community level. This HUB is intended to consolidate these resources for communities.

2020 Wildfire Recovery

2020 Wildfire Recovery

Starting in 2020 the Silver Jackets team developed a partnerships between USGS, DOGAMI, PSU, USACE Portland District, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Civil Air Patrol, and ERDC to monitor Oregon's wildfire impacts.  This monitoring ranged from water quality, sediment loads, debris monitoring, and hydrology.  This monitoring is summarized as follows:

  1. USGS and USACE increased water quality monitoring in the affected basins.  
  2. USGS and USACE increased sediment monitoring plan in the Beachie/Lionshead Wildfire including sediment and turbidity monitoring at the inflows to Detroit Lake.
  3. The Civil Air Patrol, USGS, CRELL, and PSU worked together to use repeated aerial imagery to create a mosaic terrain that was used to map snow accumulation/meltoff in the Breightenbush basin and debris mapping in the McKenzie and North Santiam Corridors.  This is a pilot project that tests the approach of using aerial imagery to assess wildfire impacts.
  4. DOGAMI and USACE are working together to assess landslide susceptibility and model potential sediment runout along the North Santam Corridor.  This is a pilot project to evaluate the utility of USACE HEC tools for wildfire modeling.

Luckiamute Flood Study

Luckiamute Flood Study

The floodplain maps along the Benton County reach of the Luckiamute River are currently designated as Approximate Zone A, which is defined as a flood area that was approximately defined without a detailed hydraulic analysis with no Base Flood Elevation (BFE) definition. Thus, with the completion of this study, Benton County will be prepared with the enhanced hydraulic analysis needed for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Zone AE and floodway delineation and subsequently better be able to manage Luckiamute River floodplains.

Visualize Flooding with High Water Mark Signs

Photo of High Water Mark Signs

Several agencies, including Silver Jackets Team partners, worked together to locate and install high water mark signage to increase public awareness in Albany, Turner and Oregon City.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports state-led Silver Jackets Teams through its Flood Risk Management Program.