It's been a year since the country's second-biggest dam removal has freed a lost stretch of the White Salmon River in southwest Washington. Now biologists and kayakers are rediscovering this once-lost stretch of river.
A new stretch of whitewater opened this month on the White Salmon River in Southwest Washington. It’s a river that used to be blocked by the Condit Dam.
Washingtonians living near the White Salmon River gathered to celebrate their newly-granted access to the river. Pacific Power's decision last year to breech the Condit Dam means areas flooded for almost one hundred years are now open.
Federal regulators have granted a short extension to complete the removal of Condit Dam on southwest Washington's White Salmon River. Originally, demolition crews were supposed to be done with the nearly year-long project by Friday.
Conservation groups are suing Klickitat County over potential development they argue could damage sensitive habitat along the White Salmon River.
UNDERWOOD, Wash. -- Biologists and kayakers in Washington are eagerly watching how the White Salmon River evolves, in the wake of the recent removal of the Condit Dam. But area environmental groups find themselves focusing on a proposal to intensify development near the White Salmon River.
EarthFix's Toni Tabora-Roberts and Cassandra Profita (Ecotrope) had a chance to speak with journalists Tom Banse and Ed Jahn. Both reporters were on site Wednesday when a demolition crew breached the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. Banse and Jahn share their observations from the scene and talk about dam removal in the Northwest.
Condit Dam was destroyed on Wednesday. That means salmon should be returning soon to the base of Husum Falls, upstream from where Condit recently blocked the White Salmon River. Yakama tribal fishermen are excited about fishing the falls again. But some recreational river runners are worried the tribe might soon erect fishing platforms and scaffolding across Husum Falls.