Monday, October 31, 2011

Breaching of Condit Dam

Written by Chris Goodell, P.E., D. WRE | WEST Consultants
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Last Friday, Condit Dam, on the White Salmon River was intentionally breached by blowing a hole in the spillway as part of a plan to remove the dam and restore the river to its natural state.  Although the actual breaching of the dam was not all that spectacular (i.e. the dam itself wasn't destroyed-only a relatively small hole was blown through the base of the spillway), the drawdown and subsequent erosion of the reservoir was very interesting.  It was all captured in "time-lapse" in a video posted at the following location:

Please enjoy this video.  I'm sure there will be more to come later.