Salmon conservation and dam removal

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Salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest

Dam removal resources


Columbia River

There have been calls for removal of the lower 4 Snake River dams...

Elwha River

Slated for dam removal in 2012?

White Salmon River

Slated for dam removal in 2008? As of 2009, scheduled for demolition in 2012. The White Salmon is a tributary of the Columbia River that originates at Mount Adams.



  • [Orcasphere blog re video of removal]




Possibly by 2020?

From article on 10-year anniversary of Edwards Dam removal:

In Oregon, Gov. Ted Kulongoski was expected to sign a bill to raise $180 million for removing four hydroelectric dams rising from 60 to 162 feet on the Klamath River, freeing up long-blocked salmon runs. Work could begin around 2020 if it can be done safely.

"That is going to be an internationally significant river restoration project," said Lindloff. "It will be the largest dam removal project in the history of the world as far was we know."



  • 1934 Sunbeam Dam on the main Salmon near Stanley


  • 1963 Grangeville Dam on the south fork Clearwater
  • 1973 Lewiston Dam on the Clearwater


  • 2006 Cove Dam on Bear River in SE Idaho


Fraser River