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.
HUSUM — Susan Hollingsworth had seen the photos. She'd seen the stories. Then she saw it for herself — a fish leaping from the waters of the White Salmon River.
Demolition crews first breached the dam last October with a carefully orchestrated blast of 700 pounds of dynamite. The explosion released a free-flowing White Salmon River for the first time in nearly a century.