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Dramatically lowered water behind the damaged Wanapum Dam in Eastern Washington means boaters are out of luck this Memorial Day on that stretch of the Columbia River. Those folks who own vacation homes upstream from Wanapum at Sunland Estates, say they are getting creative for the long weekend.

Gov. Inslee To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam

May 14, 2014
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Governor Jay Inslee will get to see the massive problems with central Washington's Wanapum Dam for himself Wednesday. Major design miscalculations and construction flaws are to blame for the dam’s massive crack. Now officials say they’ll be studying other dams on the Columbia River as well.

Grant PUD

A host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington. That’s the news out of a Grant County utility district meeting Tuesday.

Anna King

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam and how long it will take. It's all bad news.

Anna King Northwest News Network

 The drawdown of water behind the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts. Grant County officials are working overtime to protect these sensitive sites. Correspondent Anna King explains that work isn’t cheap.

Grant County PUD

    

Grant County officials said Wednesday they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June. It all means water levels on the Columbia River will stay lowered. That leaves boat launches, resort communities and popular parks high and dry. And as Correspondent Anna King reports, new details show the cause of the crack won’t be a simple fix.

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Fresh displays of fringed bikinis are hitting department stores across the nation, a clear signal summer is on its way. But for one resort community in central Washington this summer could be a bust. A crack in the Wanapum Dam has forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet. That’s left boat docks hundreds of feet from the water.

Grant County PUD

High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

This week two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam were handed over to Northwest tribes. The remains were found near each other several weeks ago along the newly exposed Columbia River shore.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Dozens of central Washington fruit farmers are still high and dry without water for their valuable fruit trees. Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam.

But it turns out the farmers’ rush for water is now being slowed because of concerns over endangered tiny baby salmon. 

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