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October 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Another fish blocking dam bites the dust

Here is a story on another dam removal by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes on Condit Dam that blocks fish passage on the White Salmon River in southwest Washington.

Here is the lead into the story:

First Elwha and Glines Canyon, and now Condit: The three largest dam removals ever in the country will be under way in Washington today, when contractors detonate 800 pounds of dynamite and blast the White Salmon River free.

“You hate to see it go; it’s good, carbon-free energy,” said Tom Hickey, senior engineer for hydro resources for PacifiCorp. But Condit Dam is only one of 47 projects in the company’s hydro fleet, Hickey said, and it has other sources of power from wind to coal.

Condit’s time simply had come.

“To me, it’s like a grandfather,” said Larry Moran, project superintendent for JR Merit, lead contractor on the job. “It’s not an evil, it served a purpose well, and now it’s time to lay it to rest.”

Go to the link above to read more about the removal of Condit Dam.

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