Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rogue River Flows Free at Gold Ray

After almost a month of work, and one brief court delay the Rogue River flowed free yesterday at the former site of Gold Ray dam for the first time in 106 years. The removal of Gold Ray opens up 157 miles of free flowing river on the Rogue between Lost Creek Dam and the Pacific. The Rogue is home to some of the greatest runs of Steelhead and Chinook in the Lower 48. This is the third dam removal project on the mainstem in as many years, making the Rogue a model for the recovery of other watersheds where antiquated dams still hinder salmon populations. See an article in the Oregonian.

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