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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

Breaching Condit Dam

This video shows the first moments after the breaching of Condit Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, releasing the White Salmon River to flow freely for the first time in more than 100 years.

Condit Dam Breached

Guests and media watch the breaching of Condit Dam from a vantage point near the dam.

Condit Dam breached reaction

Jay Letto, a resident of the White Salmon area, responds to how he felt the breaching of Condit Dam went.

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