Move will improve river access for Columbia River fish, white water rafters

PacifiCorp will demolish its nearly century-old and 125-foot-high Condit Dam from the White Salmon River this fall, the Portland company announced Tuesday.

The dam is located in Skamania County, Wash., 3.3 miles from the river's confluence with the Columbia River.

The demolition will cost an estimated $32 million, improving access to the White Salmon for Columbia River steelhead, bull trout and chinook salmon, and for white-water rafters.

PacifiCorp made the decision to remove the dam years ago, after it determined that new fish protection measures required before it received a renewal of its license made the dam uneconomical to sustain.

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