Dam News: 17 – 23 August, 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.
Easton Dams Could be Removed Pending NOAA-Backed Study
The Express Times – LehighValleyLive.com – August 23, 2012
Obstacles to removing the Easton dam at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and the Chain Dam near Hugh Moore Park are many and varied, but leaving the dams there reduces the ability of fish to migrate properly, according to KCI, an engineering firm studying the feasibility of removing the dams.
Author Will Talk About Dams and Salmon
Statesman Journal (blog) – August 23, 2012
Join the Mid-Valley Chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders on Sept. 5 for a presentation by a provocative author on a provocative topic. Steven Hawley is the author of “Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities.”
Dam Removal Results in Record Spring-Run Chinook on Battle Creek
Record-Searchlight – August 22, 2012
Fisheries officials said they have not seen any effect on salmon in Battle Creek spawning downstream of the Ponderosa Fire. A record number of spring-run Chinook Salmon swam up Battle Creek this year and one of the largest runs of fall-run salmon in many years is making its way up the Sacramento River toward the creek now.
Dammed No More: Chinook Return to Elwha River
Indian Country Today Media Network.com – August 22, 2012
A century later, the salmon still know where to go. In what the National Parks Service (NPS) is hailing as the Return of the Kings, adult Chinook salmon have been spotted in Olympic National Park in Washington, less than five months after the removal of the Elwha Dam, which became operational in 1913.
Hydroelectric Bill Would Put Dam Debate in its Place
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald – Aug 22, 2012
Proposed legislation before Congress would help frame the debate over the future of America’s dams the way it ought to be — as a matter of policy.
Salmon Enter Olympic National Park for the First Time Thanks to Elwha Dam Removal
National Geographic – Aug 21, 2012
The National Park Service reported this week that adult Chinook (king) salmon have been seen in Olympic National Park, less than five months after removal began on the Elwha Dam. According to the Park Service, the fish are the first of their kind known to enter the park, since Olympic was established twenty-five years after the dam went up in 1913.
PacifiCorp Asks for Extension on Condit Dam Removal
The Columbian – Aug 21, 2012
The Portland-based utility overseeing the removal of Condit Dam has asked federal regulators to push back its planned completion date by two weeks.
Removal of Dam in Marshfield Under Way
Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Aug 21, 2012
MARSHFIELD — Authorities say the Winooski River will soon be cleaner and fish populations will increase after the removal of a dam in Marshfield.
Dam Removal Under Way
10TV – Aug 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The demolition process is under way at the Fifth Avenue dam on the Olentangy River. About a third of the dam, located near the Ohio State University, will be removed to recreate a more natural-flowing stream.
Construction Starts on Dam Removal
Detroit Free Press – Aug 18, 2012
Dozens of people gathered Wednesday for what U.S. Sen. Carl Levin called Brown Bridge Dam’s “reverse ribbon-cutting.” “This is not a new project,” Levin, D-Mich., told a crowd not far from a hill excavated in 1921 to provide the soil needed to fill the dam’s berm. “We’re putting something back that was disturbed for good reasons at the time.”
Eels Benefit Dam Removal in Virginia
EarthSky (blog) – Aug 17, 2012
New research has found that declining American eel populations are starting to recover after the removal of the Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. The research was published on July 20, 2012 in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.