Dam News: 15- 19 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.
PacifiCorp Not Done Having Blast at Condit Dam Site
The Columbian – July 19, 2012
It started with a bang, but the dismantling of Condit Dam has settled into a gradual, methodical grind since it picked up in earnest earlier this year. The process hasn’t been as dramatic as the dynamite blast that breached the 125-foot-tall structure in October.
State Orders Town to Fix Dam
Hampton Union – July 19, 2012
HAMPTON — The state is ordering the town to make a number of immediate and long-term improvements to the Old Mill Pond Dam, which, town officials say, will eventually lead to its removal and complete replacement.
Has Tea Party Killed Klamath Deals?
Record-Searchlight (blog) – Jul 19, 2012
That’s The New York Times’ take in a story diagnosing the difficult path of the dam-removal settlements — which don’t seem to have settled much at all. “The Tea Party Patriots became a local political force, eventually paralyzing the high-powered deal by defeating many of the local officials who supported it, including all three Klamath County commissioners, and sending a signal to Congress that it lacks enough grass-roots support”.
Water Agency Extends Klamath River Dams Closure Agreement
Record-Searchlight – Jul 17, 2012
A state water agency voted Tuesday to give PacifiCorp officials another year to work with Klamath River water users on an agreement to remove four dams on the river. The decision did not please the more than 100 people who traveled from Hoopa to Sacramento to rally in favor of removing the dams now.
Crews Make Quick Work of Demolishing Chippewa River Dam
West Central Tribune – Jul 17, 2012
MONTEVIDEO — The biggest show of the year is now playing in Montevideo, but get there quick as its run will be short. In only eight days, workers with MACC Inc., of Montevideo have removed the Chippewa River dam that has stood since 1958 downstream of Lagoon Park in Montevideo.
Elwha Dams: Before and After, an Aerial Photo Essay
The Seattle Times – Jul 16, 2012
Sometimes the big picture is best. So it is with appreciating the scale of the $325 million Elwha River restoration.
Robert Street Dam Removal this Summer Could Aid Raritan River Fish Migration, Spawning
NJ.com – Jul 16, 2012
BRIDGEWATER — Crews could begin the removal of the Raritan River Robert Street dam by the end of the month. The dam is the second of three on the Raritan River to be removed by El Paso Corp. under terms of an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection as compensation to the public for harm to natural resources it caused by pollution elsewhere, according to DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
Free the Ocklawaha
Ocala – Jul 15, 2012
The old Ocklawaha River must run free. Rodman Dam must be removed. How long can the politicians and bureaucrats continue to play with the Rodman Dam scandal? Since the Cross Florida Barge Canal was deauthorized by President Richard Nixon in 1971, the dam — since renamed the George Kirkpatrick Dam — has remained, symbolizing political chess in a very serious environmental game. Until the game ends, Silver Springs, the Ocklawaha River and the mighty St. Johns River will suffer.