Saturday, August 27, 2011

Condit Dam Removal in the Oregonian

An excellent story last week in the Oregonian on the long struggle to remove Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. Facing an expensive and unpopular relicensing, Condit Dam's owner PacifiCorp agreed to remove it however the dam removal, which was originally supposed to have started in 2006 has faced a number of hurdles. The article outlines the process by which PafiCorp and convinced Klickitat and Skamania county to support dam removal.

Most recently concerns about elevated levels of heavy metals in the sediment at the bottom Northwestern Lake required approval from the Washington Department of Ecology, which was granted. Then this year an administrative error nearly delayed the dam removal for another year. Facing a massive public outcry the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission corrected the problem and dam removal whih will reopen 15 miles of habitat for salmon and 33 for steelhead will proceed as planned, starting October 26th.

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