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PHOTOblog, msnbc: Hole blasted in Condit Dam to restore endangered fish habitat

Hole blasted in Condit Dam to restore endangered fish habitat
from PHOTOblog, October 27, 2011

AP and KGW report:

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Crews on Wednesday blasted a hole in a nearly century-old hydropower dam in Washington’s south Cascades, marking another step in efforts to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish in the Pacific Northwest.

The more than 12-story Condit Dam on the White Salmon River is the second-tallest dam to be demolished in U.S. history. Its two turbines produce about 14 megawatts of power, enough for 7,000 homes, but its owner, Portland-based utility PacifiCorp, elected to remove the dam rather than install cost-prohibitive fish passage structures that would have been required for relicensing.

photo at top: The White Salmon River cuts its new course through the sediment of Northwestern Lake after the breaching of Condit Dam, Wednesday, Oct. 26 near White Salmon, Wash.

photo above: Davis Washines, Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement, is overcome by emotion as he watches a live video feed of the breaching of Condit Dam at an invite only event near the dam, Wednesday, Oct. 26 in White Salmon, Wash.

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