Pacificorp to remove Powerdale dam on Oregon's Hood River

Salem, Ore. -- Today, Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski cheered a cooperative agreement among state and federal resource agencies, PacifiCorp, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, American Rivers and the Hood River Watershed Group, whereby the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project will be decommissioned and portions of it removed beginning in 2010.

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Dam Removal on the American Fork River in Utah

On February 6th, several stakeholders signed a settlement agreement to decommission and remove a small diversion dam and a two-mile pipeline that make up the American Fork project in Utah. Owner PacifiCorp, Trout Unlimited, American Whitewater, the Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and several state agencies agreed to take out project works in Lone Peak Wilderness, Uinta National Forest, and the Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon.

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Two Dams Break in Michigan' s Upper Peninsula

On May 14, an earthen dike on the Dead River near Marquette, Michigan collapsed, sending an 8-billion gallon torrent of water downstream and ultimately forcing another dam breach the following day. Over 1,700 people were evacuated from their homes.

The 90-year old dam, which held back Silver Lake, was restraining the pressure of heavy rains at the time of collapse, but according to reports, the water level was nowhere near anticipated critical levels. Investigations are still underway.

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Great Flows for Great Falls, North Carolina!

In late 2002, Duke Power applied to FERC to amend its license for the Catawba-Wateree project requesting modification of the project boundary to exclude two bypass reaches – stretches of riverbed where the natural water flow is diverted to generate power. One of these bypassed reaches was once the Great Falls of the Catawba, a series of high rapids neighboring a town which took the name Great Falls in regard for the local scenery.

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