Dam News: 20 – 25 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.
Harpeth River Stream Restoration And Lowhead Dam Removal Project Starts Dam Demolition
The Chattanoogan – July 25, 2012
The removal of a lowhead dam on the mainstem of the Harpeth River in Franklin, Tennessee started this week. The dam’s removal will make the Harpeth River one of the few rivers in Tennessee that is entirely free flowing.
Steelhead Run a Sign of Elwha Dam Removal’s Success
Northwest Cable News – July 25, 2012
ON THE ELWHA RIVER, Wash. — The removal of the Elwha River dams unleashed an ocean of silt. The once clear water is now a pale, milky color that seems almost impenetrable.
Osprey Chicks Provide Critical Data on Water Quality After Dam’s Removal
KPAX-TV – July 25, 2012
MISSOULA – They’re already Internet stars, with people watching their young lives from all over the world. But now, three osprey chicks have completed their best act, providing valuable data on the health of our environment.
Raritan River Dam Removal Begins
Cherry Hill Courier Post – Jul 25, 2012
BRIDGEWATER — Removal of a Raritan River dam began Tuesday with funds from a settlement between the state and a Texas company whose subsidiaries polluted sites in Burlington, Gloucester, Middlesex and Hunterdon counties.
Fish Already Returning To Elwha River After Dam Removal
NOAA – Jul 24, 2012
In September 2011, the largest dam removal in U.S. history began on the Elwha River in Washington—home to all five species of Pacific salmon. Just a few short months after the 108-foot tall Elwha Dam was removed, fish are already returning to their restored habitat.
USA: Dam Removal to Improve Raritan River Condition
Dredging Today – Jul 24, 2012
Removal of the second and largest of three dams from the Raritan River in Somerset County, which will help open up a 10-mile stretch of the middle and upper portions of the river to fish migration for the first time in more than a century, has started this morning, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
Main Street Dam Removal Another Step Closer
Columbus Dispatch – Jul 23, 2012
The Columbus City Council took another step tonight toward removing the Main Street dam and remaking the Scioto River through Downtown. The council unanimously agreed to give Columbus Downtown Development Corporation the lead on the project’s design, engineering and construction management.
Removal of Dams in Somerset County is Now Underway
NJ.com – Jul 23, 2012
Removal of the second and largest of three dams from the Raritan River in Somerset County, which will help open up a 10-mile stretch of the middle and upper portions of the river to fish migration for the first time in more than a century, has started this morning, July 23, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.
Free, Ranger-Guided Exploration Walks Now Available in the Elwha
The Seattle Times – Jul 23, 2012
Olympic National Park rangers are leading guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell used to be. The walks, offered through Sept. 2, are a chance to see the new landscape emerging, with its shifting sediments, giant stumps logged a century ago, plants getting a foothold, and the river re-establishing itself.
Dam Removal a Step Toward River Renewal
Boston.com – Jul 21, 2012
Tim Purinton makes the analogy that removing dams from a river is akin to getting rid of clogged arteries in the body.”If you’re interested in rivers and river ecology, there’s no better thing you can do for a river than remove a dam,” said Purinton, director of the Division of Ecological Restoration for the state Department of Fish and Game.
Tribes Ask For Regulation of Klamath Dams Via Clean Water Act; Some Don’t Agree Dam Relicensing Process Should Begin
Times-Standard – Jul 20, 2012
Relicensing of the four Klamath River dams has been put on hold for another year, giving dam owner PacifiCorp more time to see a 2010 dam removal agreement enacted by federal legislation.