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Condit Dam Removal



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In late October 2011, PacifiCorp took the first steps to remove the 98-year-old Condit Dam from the White Salmon River. At 125 feet, Condit Dam will be the second-highest dam removal project in the United States, following the Elwha dam, where deconstruction began in late September.

The White Salmon River, a river that was blocked to salmon, steelhead and bull trout, is now free-flowing and filled with lush habitat for swimming and spawning. The October breaching is just the beginning of a year-long project to set the White Salmon River free. This spring, the dam was carefully dismantled as onlookers waited for the river to slowly come back to life.

For more information on the Condit Dam removal, click here.

Condit Dam and the White Salmon River in the News

Exploring The Undammed White Salmon River, At Last (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
With Condit Dam gone, access restored to White Salmon River (The Columbian)
Salmon Spawners Make Way Past Former White Salmon River Dam Site For First Time In Nearly 100 Years (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
Changes unfold for the White Salmon now that Condit Dam is gone (The Columbian)
Dam-free river plots new course (The Columbian)
American Whitewater director speaks about Condit Dam (Patagonia)
Erosion spooks Northwestern Lake cabin owners (The Columbian)
As clear as mud: White Salmon River a polarizing subject (Yakima Herald)
What Happens Next at the Condit Dam? (OPB)
Hole blasted in Condit Dam to restore endangered fish habitat - Photo blog (MSNBC)
Crews breach Condit Dam (KATU)
The Condit Dam Removal and Moving Forward in the White Salmon River (Indian Country Today Media Network)
Condit Dam next to tumble in restoration plan (Seattle Times)
A rush of data from removal of dams on Elwha, White Salmon (Yakima Herald)
Moving day for fish at White Salmon (KGW)
Biologists move fish out of the way ahead of dam removal (KATU)
Biologists move threatened Chinook as Condit Dam comes down (Earthfix)
Salmon moved to native waters before Condit Dam is breached (The Columbian)
Below the Condit Dam, workers capture tule chinook to protect from sediment from breaching (OregonLive)
Run free, White Salmon - Condit Dam to be breached after nearly a century, opening river for historic salmon flows (Yakima Herald)


White Salmon Opening Celebration
Spectacular Time Lapse Dam "Removal" (National Geographic)
Condit Dam & the White Salmon River (youtube)

Other Items of Interest

White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration poster (pdf)


Last updated: March 6, 2014
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