FWSR Files Appeal

The FWSR Board has filed its first appeal of a land use action to Superior Court. All prior FWSR appeals have been administrative appeals through the Klickitat County Planning Department and County Commissioner process. For Immediate Release. January 13, 2011 Trout Lake, Washington - Friends of the White Salmon River (FWSR), a non-profit conservation group based in Klickitat County, has filed suit in Superior Court to challenge Klickitat County's approval of a subdivision on an 83.5 acre parcel in the White Salmon River watershed. The subdivision is occurring in an area zoned for resource land use and which has a threatened population of western gray squirrels. The suit alleges that the County failed to demonstrate that there was any "public need" for additional rural subdivisions that would justify development of high quality farm and forest land. It also claims that the County ignored cumulative impacts from the developers' plans...
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4th Annual Klickitat White Salmon Fisheries & Watershed Science Conference

1st Announcement - 4th Annual Klickitat White Salmon Fisheries & Watershed Science Conference 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, March 15, 2011 at The Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, OR We’ll send out the agenda for presentations and registration information in the new year. We hope you can join us for another stimulating conference! For more information, please contact Bill Sharp at  509-865-5121 x6355....
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FERC Issues Condit Dam License Surrender Order

The Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) has at long last issued their "ORDER ACCEPTING SURRENDER OF LICENSE, AUTHORIZING REMOVAL OF PROJECT FACILITIES, AND DISMISSING APPLICATION FOR NEW LICENSE". This is a major and key step toward removal of the Condit Dam which is now anticipated in October, 2011. The document actually has an amazing amount of detail regarding the process begun in October, 1999. It's been a long while coming but it looks like this project has entered the final phase and that we will soon see the White Salmon River running wild and free all the way to the Columbia....
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Condit Dam removal clears hurdle

It may be dismantled next fall after PacifiCorp reaches tentative deal Condit Dam on the White Salmon River could be removed as early as next fall after a tentative agreement was reached between Skamania and Klickitat counties and PacifiCorp, which operates the 125-foot dam. - Photo by Steven Lane By Kathie Durbin - The Columbian, Friday, November 12, 2010 PacifiCorp has reached a tentative settlement with two Columbia River Gorge counties that waged a 10-year legal battle against the utility’s plan to decommission 97-year-old Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River. With that roadblock out of the way, the 125-foot-tall dam could be demolished as soon as the fall of 2011. It would become the highest dam ever dismantled in the United States. Its removal would open the river’s upper reach and a tributary to salmon for the first time since 1913. The Portland-based utility announced Tuesday that it had reached agreement with Klickitat and...
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2010/10 – Condit Update

Friends of the White Salmon (FWSR) has been involved in the Condit Dam removal process since it  began in 1991, when PacifiCorp filed for relicensing of the dam.  FWSR has been involved as an early commenter of the relicensing application, as a party to the Settlement Agreement negotiations and as a signatory to the Agreement.  We have also made numerous comments on agency actions through the years since 1991. We rely on and cooperate with other signatories, such as American Rivers, American Whitewater, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and others, but we also represent a uniquely local perspective on Condit issues.   In particular, we are concerned about two aspects not covered by the Settlement Agreement but of great important locally – what will happen to the land that is owned by PacifiCorp in the area of the dam and what will happen with the very large and very senior water right owned by PacifiCorp. Removal is planned to take place in the fall when the smallest number of anadromous fish will be in the river below the dam.  Fish below the...
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