The licensee of the project decided that the project was not economically feasible for relicensing. Through a settlement of which HRC/MHRC was a part, the licensee decided to decommission the project, opening the door for dam removal. For relicensing, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) wanted the licensee to install emergency spillways at Brown Bridge dam.
The three dams were removed between 2012 and 2019. The whole story of the Boardman River restoration is at http://theboardman.org.