Condit Dam Breaching in Slow Motion

This is way cool!
That noise you just heard was the start of the Condit Dam removal on the White Salmon River in Washington. The removal is one of the largest dam breaching projects in the country. It will restore the White Salmon watershed to its natural state and reopen 33 miles of habitat to migrating Chinook salmon and steelhead.
approximately 750 acre feet of water was drained into the White Salmon River downstream of the dam and into the Columbia River
Wednesday the 26th of October, crews used dynamite to blast open the base of the dam. Approximately 750 acre feet of water was drained into the White Salmon River downstream of the dam and into the Columbia River
. The event sent nearly million cubic yards of sediment down the White Salmon River. Water will flow through the breached dam till next summer when crews will finish dismantling the structure.
The dam’s removal will restore the river to its free-flowing state, allowing salmon and steelhead to reach historic spawning grounds again for the first time since the dam was installed in 1914.

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

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