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 recovery

  • The breach

    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.

  • Photos

  • Video

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Dam-free river plots new course

Changes unfold for the White Salmon now that Condit Dam is gone

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.

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Condit Dam removal complete

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.

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