Condit Dam removal

The historic breaching of Condit Dam in the White Salmon River ends more than a dozen years of planning and legal wrangling. The carefully orchestrated blast opened up a PacifiCorp-owned dam that has blocked the river since 1913. It also entirely drained Northwestern Lake, the reservoir behind the dam.

  • The breach and recovery

    The blast came at 12:07 p.m. A muffled boom shook the ground, and an initial blast shot out from the bottom of the dam, then a wave of water behind it.

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The view of Northwestern Lake from from Condit Dam shows water levels shortly before the ...

Workers look over what used to be Northwestern Lake after Condit Dam was breached, emptying ...

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