Dam-olition under way at Condit

Dam-olition under way at Condit: Five months after it was breached, crews aim for August 31, 2012 removal deadline. OPB News Flash: With Condit Dam Gone, Development Plans Emerge For White Salmon River Sediment Report: A February 2012 report on reservoir related sediments. Condit Decommissioning: A February 2012 decommissioning progress report. Well-Water Decline: PacifiCorp's response to the post-Condit well-water decline....
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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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