July 24, 2012 -- Steelhead returning to White Salmon River above former site of Condit Dam
Breaching EventCondit Dam was breached a little after Noon on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. During the event approximately 750 acre feet of water was drained into the White Salmon River downstream of the dam and into the Columbia River. Flows from the breach of the dam are anticipated to transport a plume of accumulated sediment from the reservoir causing turbid water.
Over the course of the next 10 months, dam removal will be conducted and restoration of the former reservoir area completed.
See more project info on the Pacificorp website.
The Condit Hydroelectric Project is located 3.3 miles upstream from the
confluence of the White Salmon and Columbia Rivers. Constructed between 1911
and 1913 by Northwestern Electric Company it has been operated by PacifiCorp
since 1947. PacifiCorp has chosen to remove the dam rather than seek fish
passage required under a new federal dam license.
Project Reports and Certification
401 CERTIFICATION FOR DECOMMISSIONING October 2010
DRAFT SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL EIS (SSEIS) June 2009
SUPPLEMENTAL EIS FOR THE CONDIT DAM REMOVAL (SEIS) March 2007
DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIS (DRAFT SEIS) Sept 2005
Location: White Salmon River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
Watershed: WRIA 29
10/2010 Water quality certification issued for proposed Condit Dam removal
6/2009 Comments sought on Condit Dam removal environmental review
3/2007 Final environmental report issued on proposed Condit Dam removal
10/2005 Public comment invited on Condit environmental report
9/2002 More information needed on proposed dam removal
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decides whether to re-license hydropower projects.
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