Saturday, July 31, 2010

Work Underway to Remove Gold Ray Dam

Work has begun to remove Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River. The demolition had been delayed briefly when a small group of local landowners argued that their civil rights were being violated in removing the dam. However this week, US District Court Judge Owen Panner allowed work to go ahead, arguing that the group had little chance of winning a lawsuit.

Gold Ray is the last dam remaining in the 157 mile stretch between Lost Creek dam and the Pacific. The last two years have seen the removal of two dams on the mainstem Rogue both were major impediments to outmigrating salmonids as well as returning adults. Money to remove Gold Ray was allocated in the federal stimulus package, meaning that Jackson County officials had to speed the project along in order to take advantage of the federal funds.

More information in the Southern Oregon Mail Tribune:

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