Washington's Condit Dam to be Breached

Tunnel will drain lake this afternoon

The Condit Dam, on Washington’s White Salmon River is loaded with 800 pounds of dynamite and scheduled for demolition at noon Pacific time today. The blast will create a tunnel that will drain the lake in as few as six hours. The 125-foot-tall dam has provided power—and prevented salmon from swimming upstream—since 1913. Americanrivers.org will broadcast the breach live. “You hate to see it go. It’s good, carbon-free energy,” Tom Hikey, senior engineer for hydro resources at PacifiCorp told The Seattle Times. Two other dams, both on Washington’s Elwha River, are also undergoing removal this month.

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