Dam News: 14 – 20 September, 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.
Second of Two Dam Removals Near Troy, North Carolina
American Rivers (blog) – Sep 20, 2012
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of Troy and American Rivers, worked to remove a dam on Denson’s Creek in Montgomery County, NC a week ago (Tues, Sept 11). The dam was built by the Town of Troy over 50 years ago to provide water supply, but it had long since stopped serving that purpose.
Dam Removal Could End Salmon Run, Say Critics
Nanaimo Daily News – Sep 19, 2012
A small dam on a productive salmon stream near Sooke will be bulldozed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada next year despite fears that this could wipe out the coho run. “We are moving ahead with decommissioning, but it’s too late in the season to do it this year,” said Dan Bate, DFO spokesman.
Easton Dam Removal Plans Weigh Fish Routes, Canal Filling
The Express Times – LehighValleyLive.com – Aug 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.
Mail Tribune – Sep 18, 2012
The old Farmers Ditch irrigation dam on the Little Applegate River refused to flow easily into history. When heavy equipment operator Josh Kelsey deployed his excavator armed with a giant hammer to pound away at the concrete diversion dam early Monday afternoon, the blows initially seemed to have little impact.
Troy Dam Removal Has Benefits for Richmond County
Richmond County Daily Journal – Sep 18, 2012
A dam removal project in Montgomery County will have a lasting, beneficial impact on Richmond County’s waterways, biologists said.
Vancouver Island Dam Removal Could End Salmon Run, Critics Say
Vancouver Sun – Sep 18, 2012
A small dam on a productive salmon stream near Sooke will be bulldozed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada next year despite fears that this could wipe out the coho run. The decrepit Troy Reservoir Dam No. 1, which stretches across Montgomery County’s Densons Creek, a tributary of the Little River, has been removed.
Tribe Marks One Year Since Dam Removal Start
KONP.COM 1450 – Sep 17, 2012
Port Angeles – It’s been one year since the largest dam removal project in the United States began on the Elwha River. Today, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is offering a number events to mark the event.
What a Difference a Year Makes: Elwha River Dam Removals Ahead of Schedule as Project Reaches First Anniversary
Peninsula Daily – Sep 16, 2012
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — One behemoth has been felled, with one left to go. Although the monolithic Elwha River Dam, which towered 108 feet over the Lower Elwha River Valley for nearly 100 years, has been demolished, work still remains on the once-210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam.
Condit Dam Removal Complete
The Columbian – Sep 15, 2012
Demolition crews have removed the last of Condit Dam from the White Salmon River, a PacifiCorp official confirmed Saturday. The announcement is a milestone for the removal that began with a blast of dynamite last year. It also narrowly meets a Sept. 15 deadline for in-water work to be finished. But it doesn’t lift access restrictions on the newly freed White Salmon River, according to PacifiCorp spokesman Tom Gauntt — not yet. Even though the dam itself is gone, crews are still working near the river and haven’t given the green light for recreation. The White Salmon remains open upstream of Northwestern Lake Park.
Two Montgomery County Dams Removed from the Little River Basin
Beach Carolina Magazine – Sep 15, 2012
Two trackhoe excavators pound away at the narrow concrete and rock wall of the decrepit Troy Reservoir Dam No. 1, which stretches across Montgomery County’s Densons Creek, a tributary of the Little River. On a nearby bridge a small group gathers to watch their efforts to improve the health of this stream bear fruit.
Town Brook Restoration Continues: State Official Present Town With $750,000 for Dam Removal
Wicked Local – Sep 15, 2012
PLYMOUTH —While the town scrounges around for support – financial and otherwise – for various traditional redevelopment projects, the green is still flowing up and into Town Brook, where for the past decade Environmental Director David Gould has led an ambitious effort to restore that waterway to its pre-industrial vitality and, in the bargain, enhance the town’s recreational offerings by linking the waterfront with an ever-expanding network of hiking and biking trails.
Duck Creek Dam Removal Gives Fish Room to Migrate
Green Bay Press Gazette – Sep 14, 2012
Fish will be able to migrate up Duck Creek past Pamperin Park for the first time in more than 70 years, thanks to a dam removal project under way this week. Two dams are being removed from the park and another is being modified at the Oneida Golf and Riding Country Club, said Jim Snitgen, water resource supervisor for the Oneida Tribe of Indian’s Environmental Health and Safety Division.