Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Category: Dam Removal

Klamath prepares for dam removal

By TIM HEARDEN Capital Press REDDING, Calif. — Preparations to remove four dams along the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California are moving forward, an energy official said. Tim Hemstreet, a representative from hydroelectric facility operator PacifiCorp, outlined … Read on 

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Wash. approves permit to remove Condit Dam

By Shannon Dininny Seattle Post-Intelligencer YAKIMA, Wash. — PacifiCorp is one step closer to removing the Condit Dam on southwest Washington’s White Salmon River, following a decision Tuesday by Washington state regulators to issue a water quality permit. Portland, Ore.-based … Read on 

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Studies on dam removal on track

Decision likely by the March 2012 decline By Ty Beaver Herald & News Federal authorities studying the feasibility of Klamath River dam removal are on schedule and say the U.S. Secretary of the Interior should be able to make a … Read on 

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Gold Ray decision expected

Demolition timing hangs on District Court ruling By Mark Freeman Daily Tidings Construction crews as early as today will learn if they can resume preparing Gold Ray Dam for demolition or must wait indefinitely while a lawsuit challenges Jackson County’s … Read on 

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County settles on Gold Ray Dam plan

106-year-old dam to be removed using stimulus cash, state grant By Mark Freeman Daily Tidings The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to remove 106-year-old Gold Ray Dam from the Rogue River this summer, saying the financial burden of … Read on 

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Corps outlines steps to study breaching Snake dams

A study is not imminent, and it would take several years to complete. By Kevin McCullen Idaho Statesman A dramatic decline in the four-year average of wild salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act or a natural catastrophe … Read on 

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$11M effort to make fish-safe turbine

By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce The US Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded an $11 million contract to Voith Hydro of York, PA for work at Ice Harbor Lock and dam on the Snake River near Burbank. Voith will … Read on 

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Studies about dam removal on track

Interior Secretary to make decision by 2012 By Ty Beaver Herald & News The process to determine whether removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams is feasible and the best way to improve the river’s fisheries is on track. About … Read on 

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2010 breaching of Condit Dam not likely

Preparation, soliciting bids may not leave enough time to meet target date of October Erik Robinson The Columbian Condit Dam is shown shortly before dam owner PacifiCorp agreed in 1999 to remove it rather than install expensive fish ladders. A … Read on 

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Final funding for Gold Ray Dam removal could come soon

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will award $1 million if environmental studies show best outcome for dam is to remove it By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune GOLD HILL — Jackson County is on the cusp of securing the final cash to … Read on 

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Agencies prepare for dam removal

By Adam Lapierre Hood River News Since its completion in 1923, the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project has been a major obstacle for aquatic wildlife in the Hood River. The 200-foot-long concrete diversion dam is located just a few miles upstream from … Read on 

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Dam Needs To Go, Conservationists Say

Chamber talk: Groups urge removaI of PacifiCorp’s Soda Springs Dam on North Umpqua By Garret Jaros The News-Revtew The removal of Soda Springs Dam is the best option for restoring historic fish runs and bringing long-term health to the North … Read on 

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Seattle City Council Blew It On Snake River Dams

Francois X. Forgette Post-Intelligencer I was disappointed to learn that the Seattle City Council recently passed a resolution favoring the breaching of the four dams on the lower Snake River here in Eastern Washington. I am well familiar with Seattle, … Read on 

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Dam Removal Isn’t Your Concern, Eastern Washington Tells Seattle

By Phuong Le Post-Intelligencer Eastern Washington to Seattle: Mind your own dam business. After the Seattle City Council last month unanimously passed a resolution supporting the partial removal of four lower Snake River dams, authorities east of the mountains responded … Read on 

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Removing Dams Could Cause More Problems On River

By Ray Hughes Columbian In the 20th century, dams became a big part of the Northwest. We use them for power, navigation and irrigation. Ever since we put dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers, salmon runs have decreased. With … Read on 

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PGE Stalls Bull Run Scuttling Due to Dam

By Doug Irving The Oregonian Portland General Electric’s plans to scuttle its Bull Run bydroelectric plant have snagged on Marmot Dam, officials announced Wednesday. The dam channels much of the Sandy River into Roslyn Lake and through the plant. For … Read on 

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PacifiCorp Floats Proposal To Retain Dam

By Garret Jaros News-Review PacifiCorp officials have developed a new restoration package to improve wildlife habitat since leaving the settlement talks to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project in November. They said they’re offering a viable alternative to removing Soda … Read on 

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EPA Leans Toward Breaching Dams

By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday became the first federal agency to officially suggest that breaching four dams may be the best way to improve water quality and restore endangered salmon on the Snake … Read on 

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NMFS Will Push For Saving Dams As Well As Salmon

By Union-Bulletin and AP Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Federal fisheries officials are expected to say that if salmon recovery progress in the Columbia River Basin can be shown over the next 10 years, the Snake River dams may survive as well. … Read on 

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Federal Action Drying Up Homes, Farms In Methow

Staff The Grange News Water rights and dam removal are two hot issues that are building to a head as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ends its public comment period this month and gears up to move ahead with … Read on 

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A Good Economic Case For Removing The Dams

By Sara Patton and Karen Garrison Seattle Post-Intelligencer In his March 4 Soapbox column (Lower Snake dams benefit environment”), Brett Blankenship of the Washington Wheat Growers Association delivers a valid but very one-sided assessment of the environmental pluses offered by … Read on 

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Babbitt looks beyond Elwah dams

Interior secretary says all federal barriers should face review, too By JOEL CONNELLY Seattle Post-Intelligencer All federal dams should undergo the same periodic full-scale review of operations, benefits and environmental impacts that privately owned dams are subject to, Interior Secretary … Read on 

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