Dam News: 6 – 12 July, 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.
Crews Work to Meet Dam Removal Target Date
Yakima Herald-Republic – July 12, 2012
WHITE SALMON (AP) — Crews are working to meet an Aug. 31 target date for removal of Condit Dam more than eight months after a blast of dynamite breached the structure, releasing the White Salmon River to flow freely for the first time in nearly a century.
Xcel Energy to Begin Drawdown for Dam Removal
Granite Falls Advocate Tribune – July 12, 2012
The drawdown will occur incrementally throughout the remaining summer months until the level of the Minnesota River reaches a point where the dam can be removed by sometime this fall, according to officials from Xcel Energy.
With 1 of 2 Dams Down, Fish Return to Elwha River
WNCT – Jul 11, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) Scientists knew ocean-going fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t think it would happen so soon.
Time for Different Direction on Klamath Fall Dam Removal
Times-Standard – Jul 11, 2012
The Resighini Rancheria is a small federally recognized tribe with a reservation at the top of the Klamath River estuary. We are of Yurok ancestry. Our people have fished the Klamath River since time immemorial and we remain dependent on the bounty of the river, both for our sustenance and our spiritual well being.
Spoonville Dam Removal Project Set To Begin In Simsbury
Hartford Courant – Jul 9, 2012
SIMSBURY — Starting this month, the Farmington River Watershed Association will begin the removal of a breached dam that has for years caused problems for fish, wildlife and recreational users of the river.
Siskiyou County Calls for FERC Action on Klamath Dams
Two Rivers Tribune – Jul 9, 2012
Dam removal on the Klamath River is stalled and opponents of the Klamath Settlements are pushing to speed up water quality improvements on the ailing river. Although Klamath Settlements are on the Congressional table in the form of the Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act, stakeholders such as the Hoopa Tribe believe there is a less expensive route to dam removal.
Spoonville Dam Removal Project to Begin Next Week
Patch.com – Jul 6, 2012
Beginning next week, a piece of Farmington Valley history will slowly disappear from the landscape in effort to restore the natural tradition of fish migration on the Farmington River.