Press Release: White Salmon – The Little River That Could

White Salmon: The Little River That Could First a Dam Was Removed, and Now Residential Sprawl is Thwarted; Famous River Shows What’s Possible for Rivers Here, and Everywhere Washington Superior Court Rules That Klickitat County Violated Constitutional Law,  Property Rights Protections, and State Environmental Laws Husum and BZ Corner Washington, June 11, 2013 – First the Condit Dam on the famous White Salmon River was removed in 2012, and now, less than one year later, the river, citizens and fish scored another big victory: blocking unchecked sprawl and hundreds of river- and stream- side homes that could have imperiled returning salmon and their key habitat. By enforcing state constitutional laws and state environmental laws, citizens of the region are showing what’s possible for rivers here, and everywhere. Their work is ushering a new era of river restoration and protection– one where a comprehensive approach to watershed management is welcoming back native fish while also protecting local jobs for the long-term. Friends of the White Salmon River and Friends of the Columbia...
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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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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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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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