Dam Removal

Dam Removal
6:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Study: After Dams Are Removed, Rivers Quickly Return To Normal

A file photo of Condit Dam before it was removed.
Credit D. Kvamme PacifiCorp

More dams are being removed from rivers as they get older and no longer produce hydropower. Researchers have found after these dams come down, rivers return to their natural state surprisingly fast.

Over the years lots of sediment backs up behind dams. Ecologists have worried the release of that sediment would harm habitat and cause flooding.

But a study from Oregon State University found that didn’t happen. Researchers studied two rivers in Oregon before and after dams were removed.

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Elwha Dam Removal
8:06 am
Tue August 26, 2014

A Trip Down The Un-Dammed Elwha River

Now that the dams are gone, rafters are enjoying the changing Elwha River.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

This week the Elwha River – on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – will flow freely once again. Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years.

But thanks to the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, the lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam should be blown up Tuesday.

Our EarthFix reporter, Ashley Ahearn, headed out to the Elwha and reports that the river is returning to life.

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Dam removal rally
7:18 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Advocates For Klamath Dams' Removal Rally In Portland

Groups from Southern Oregon and Northern California rallied outside Senator Ron Wyden’s office in Portland Thursday.

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Klamath River Dams
5:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Feds Recommend Removing Four Dams On The Klamath River

The Interior Department recommends removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interior Department today recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020. The dam removal is proposed as part of a settlement to end the water wars in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

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Klamath Dam Removal
6:24 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan

An agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a political and symbolic setback. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports Klamath County has voted to pull out of the agreement.

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Condit Dam Demolition
4:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Demolition Of Washington's Condit Dam Nearing Completion

A file photo of Condit Dam before it was breached by explosives.
D. Kvamme PacifiCorp

Federal regulators have granted a short extension to complete the removal of Condit Dam on southwest Washington's White Salmon River. Originally, demolition crews were supposed to be done with the nearly year-long project by August 31.

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Dam Removal
5:11 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Northeastern Washington’s Mill Pond Dam One Step Closer To Removal

Washington State’s Ecology department has given the go-ahead to take out Mill Pond Dam in the state’s far northeastern corner.
Photo courtesy of Pend Oreille PUD

Another Northwest dam is one step closer to biting the dust. Mill Pond Dam is in the far northeastern corner of Washington state. The obsolete hydroelectric dam is just more than 100 feet long and 55 feet high.

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