Condit Access Restored to White Salmon River!

Access has been restored to White Salmon River after PacifiCorp’s safe, successful Condit Dam removal Whitewater experts stress safety; remind river users to avoid sensitive plant areas, respect local cabin owners WHITE SALMON, Wash. – A year after a dynamite blast punched a hole in the Condit Dam, the last remnants of the structure are gone and access restrictions on the White Salmon River are now lifted downstream of Northwestern Park. Caution is still advised as the rapids on the lower river are significant. “This has been a long journey for PacifiCorp and the partners in the settlement agreement that led to the Condit Dam removal,” said Todd Olson, program manager for PacifiCorp. “Work still remains in restoring area vegetation and demobilizing equipment from the work area, but this has been a very successful project. No one from the public has been hurt, and there have been no lost-time injuries among our contractors during more than 64,000 hours worked on the project. We want to especially thank the local community for...
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13,000 Years of Northwest Fisheries

Coming this Sunday, October 21st! Virginia Butler, professor of Anthropology at Portland State will present a special program entitled “13,000 Years of Northwest Fisheries, on Sunday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the Bradford Island Visitor Center on the Oregon shore of Bonneville Dam. Dr. Butler will display fish faunal records from over 75 Columbia Basin archaeological sites to show fish abundance and distribution in the River system.  This 13,000 year record of the geochemistry analysis of the small ear stones of fish from these sites is a basis for determining Native American fish use throughout the centuries Virginia Butler earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and her PhD in an interdisciplinary program, Paleoichthyology, from the University of Washington.  Her primary interest is zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites.  Her work shows ways that ancient animal records contribute to conservation biology, which often operates with limited knowledge of long-term biotic history. This program, hosted by the Gorge...
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White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration was a success!

September 29th Homecoming Celebration went off without a hitch! A huge Thank You to all those who helped make the event such a success. Were you unable to attend the festivities? Pat Arnold, President of Friends of the White Salmon delivered these remarks: "We’ll start with a big thank you to all of you for being here, to River Drifters for saving our bacon at the last minute, to Jaco Klinkenberg, Margaret Neuman, Jeanette Burkhardt, and Susan Hollingsworth for their awe-inspiring competence, intelligence and good humor. This event had to happen, but it took these amazing women and the organizations and people that support them to make it happen. I also want to offer a shout-out to Todd Olson and Russ Howison of PacifiCorp who have worked hard and effectively on the dam removal process. Todd in particular has been great to watch as he threaded his way through or around or over numerous barriers in the road, with unflappable good humor and straight talk. Don’t be strangers, guys. There are...
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White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration September 29, 2012!

The public is invited to the White Salmon River Homecoming, a community celebration of the river on September 29th. The event includes an opportunity to experience the river on a raft trip, share a traditional salmon bake meal prepared by Yakama tribal cooks and local gardeners, and hear updates on the removal of Condit Dam and subsequent restoration of the river. This celebration marks the return of the salmon and the beginning of the restoration process. After decades of debate, deliberations, and disagreements over the fate of Condit Dam, this event is hoped to be a small step for the community toward healing these divisions. In the morning, the celebration begins with low-cost river floats for community members sponsored by Wet Planet Rafting and the outfitters of the White Salmon River. The event continues in the afternoon when community members will the be offered a seat at the table during a community salmon meal, sponsored by Yakama Nation Fisheries at Northwestern...
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The White Salmon Opening Event & A Relic From Our Beginnings!

Our monthly board meeting has come and gone and plans are under way for the official opening of the White Salmon River in September! As the August 31st Condit Dam removal date approaches, the Friends of the White Salmon are gearing up to celebrate the river running freely. More to come as plans solidify! Also wanted to share something from The Friends' beginnings: an original button from 1976! The buttons were given to new members when they made their donation and we're hoping to revive the tradition. We're working to re-create these buttons and have them available for our members. A big Thank You to Leslie for sharing the button with us! ...
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