Monday, October 18, 2010

Environmental Permits Finally Approved for Condit Dam

Last week the Washington Department of Ecology issued final water quality permits for the removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River, meaning removal of the 97 year old structure can finally begin in fall of 2011. The dams owner, PacifiCorp originally agreed to remove Condit in 1999 but a series of delays and the discovery of mercury in sediments behing the dam have slowed progress. Condit dam blocks the upstream passage of salmon and steelhead at river mile 3.3 and its removal will open more then 30 miles of historic habitat. More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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