Dam News: 19 – 21 June, 2012
“Dam news” is a round-up of news and events related to dams and dam removal, brought to you by the Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information (CDRI), a project administered by the Water Resources Collections and Archives. Visit CDRI for more on dams and dam removal.
Hofmann Dam Removal in Riverside Begins
Suburban Life Publications – June 21, 2012
Brookfield, IL — Work has begun to remove the Hofmann Dam across the Des Plaines River, putting an end to nearly two centuries of history.
Dam Removal Prompts Safety Closures Of Road, Campground
Sequim Gazette – June 21, 2012
The Elwha Valley’s Whiskey Bend Road will close from 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily from Monday-Friday, June 25-29, to allow safe passage for heavy truck traffic hauling material from the Glines Canyon Dam area. The road reopens each day at 5:30 p.m. and remains open overnight to allow trailhead access before closing again at 7 a.m.
Montevideo, Minn., Expected To Approve Bid To Remove Chippewa River Dam
West Central Tribune – June 21, 2012
MONTEVIDEO — Plans to remove the 54-year-old dam on the Chippewa River in Montevideo are on track and under budget.
Md. DNR Asks Public For Input Keeping, Improving or Removing Bloede Dam Across Patapsco River
The Republic – June 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is asking for the public’s input on the future of Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park.
Out With The Old Dam; In With The New Bridge
Mille Lacs County Times – June 21, 2012
Finally, after more than two years of discussion, the project to get a new pedestrian bridge at Rec Park has gotten the go-ahead.
No More Bones Found Behind Old Elwha Dam
TheNewsTribune.com – June 21, 2012
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Searchers found no more bones on the bottom of the former Lake Aldwell, which was exposed earlier this year by the removal of the Elwha Dam.
Dam Removal Delays Would Endanger Funding For Project, Cal Am Tells PUC
Monterey County Herald – June 20, 2012
California American Water officials have warned the state Public Utilities Commission that any delays caused by an unfavorable decision on the San Clemente Dam removal project could endanger public financing for the endeavor.
Protecting the Boardman River Watershed
Morning Star – Jun 20, 2012
Protecting and preserving the Boardman River Watershed, while assessing its economic potential, will be the theme of a series of public meetings being held across the watershed later this month.
Brian LeNeve; Remove The Dam, Save Carmel River
Monterey County Herald – Jun 20, 2012
Along with the Big Sur coastline, Point Lobos and the Monterey Bay’s rich biological diversity, the Carmel River should be regarded as a local treasure. The most important effort to protect and restore this river is the proposal by Cal Am and others to remove San Clemente Dam.
Dam Removal Launches Penobscot River Restoration
Indian Country Today Media Network.com – Jun 19, 2012
BRADLEY, Maine – It was a great day to restore a river.Under a cloudless blue sky on a warm spring day in Maine, scores of people stood on the banks of the Penobscot River and watched heavy rock-smashing tractors roll over a riprap road in the water toward a decrepit concrete fish passage, and begin jack hammering it to pieces.
CSI: Peninsula: Cold Case Reopened After Human Bone Found In Drained Lake
Peninsula Daily News – June 19, 2012
PORT ANGELES — A cold case involving a missing woman has been reopened after a human tibia — a leg bone — was discovered sticking up from Lake Aldwell’s drained reservoir, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.
Marmot Dam Removal Publication Reveals How Rivers Change After Dams are Removed
GardenNews.biz (press release) – Jun 19, 2012
Over the past decade, both the number and size of dams removed on rivers across the United States has been increasing. Dam removal typically involves release of at least some of the sediment…
Removing Elwha Dam Exposes Human Bone
The Seattle Times (blog) – Jun 19, 2012
PORT ANGELES — A hiker found a human bone on the bottom of Lake Aldwell, which was exposed earlier this year by the removal of the Elwha Dam.
PUC Considers Surcharge Increase
Siskiyou Daily News – Jun 19, 2012
Siskiyou County – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today will hold the first stage of proceedings to consider PacifiCorp’s request to accelerate the collection of their Klamath dam removal surcharge.
How Should Officials Remove the Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment?
Patch.com – Jun 19, 2012
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has extended its public comment period for its sediment management plan, which details what methods the department will use for cleaning out storm sediment that builds up in debris basins across the county.