Dam News: 21- 28 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.
Granite Falls Energy Will Not Seek Ownership of Minnesota Falls Dam, Removal Seems Likely
Granite Falls Advocate Tribune – June 28, 2012
Granite Falls, Minn. — According to a letter addressed to the city of Granite Falls and Yellow Medicine County, Granite Falls Energy (GFE) is no longer attempting to obtain ownership of the Minnesota Falls Dam.
Tentative Schedule set to Remove Chippewa River Dam
Monte News – June 28, 2012
Montevideo, MN — Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MAAC Inc., the Minne¬sota Department of Natural Re¬sources, the city of Montevideo and the engineering firm of Rodeberg and Berryman met to discuss the final details of a tentative schedule for the Chippewa River dam removal.
Ecological Firm to Plan Dam Removal
Waterbury Republican American – June 28, 2012
WATERTOWN — Years from now, the tranquil Heminway Pond may not exist, but the area will become a self-sustaining ecosystem, according to Laura Wildman of Princeton Hydro, an ecological restoration firm.
Dam Removal Advocates Hope Stars Align For Budget Amendment
Taunton Daily Gazette – Jun 27, 2012
Boston — Many of the small dams scattered around the state were built to power an earlier era, the Industrial Revolution. Now, groups like The Nature Conservancy believe that the state should consider an even older economic driver -Massachusetts fisheries.
State Seeks Input on Potential Removal of Bloede Dam
Patch.com – Jun 27, 2012
The 105-year-old Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park may be removed, in an effort to improve safety and improve fish passage through the Patapsco River.
Hofmann Dam Removal Under Way
Riverside Brookfield Landmark – Jun 26, 2012
For nearly two centuries there has been a dam across the Des Plaines River in the area of what is present-day Riverside. Two weeks from now, the dam will simply be a memory.
Hetch Hetchy Series #2: Proposal to Study Hetch Hetchy Dam Removal Gaining Traction
San Francisco Examiner – Jun 26, 2012
Restore Hetch Hetchy operates out of a shabby fifth-floor office in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, across Mission Street from abandoned storefronts and a rundown SRO hotel.
Blasting to Resume at Glines Canyon Dam, Port Angeles Chamber Told
Peninsula Daily – Jun 26, 2012
PORT ANGELES — Drill. Blast. Repeat.
That’s how crews will take out chunks of what’s left of the Glines Canyon Dam in July, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes told Port Angeles business leaders Monday.
CPUC approves removal of San Clemente Dam on Carmel River
The future of the Carmel River’s legendary steelhead run became much brighter with a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on June 21 to approve a historic dam removal project.
Paul R. Houser: Dam Removal Holds Risks, Uncertainties
Record-Searchlight – Jun 24, 2012
After I questioned the accuracy of science reporting and summary documents related to the Klamath Secretarial Decision, I faced systematic reprisal and my job as the Bureau of Reclamation’s science advisor was terminated. Subsequently, I filed a scientific integrity allegation, and was invited to speak publicly about it in May.
San Clemente Dam Removal Cost Inflames Local Water Wars
Monterey County Weekly- Jun 21, 2012
his morning the Public Utilities Commission approved the San Clemente Dam removal project, sanctioning the Sandoval alternative by a 4-1 vote. Cal Am’s revision puts the heaviest share of the costs on its biggest water users.
State Considers Removing Patapsco River Dam
Baltimore Sun (blog) – Jun 21, 2012
Fish making the spring spawning run from the Chesapeake Bay upstream into the Patapsco River swim about 11 miles of cool, shallow, flowing water before hitting a concrete wall nearly three stories high: the Bloede Dam.