Video: Removing a Washington State Dam

Chris Higgins
YouTube // National Geographic
YouTube // National Geographic / YouTube // National Geographic

In 2011, the Condit Dam in Washington State was "removed," meaning that a small portion of it was blown to pieces, allowing the White Salmon River to flow through it. The dam had been in place since 1913.

In the video below, we see two fascinating things: First, the effect of the dam removal downstream, as water floods back into what had been a dry riverbed for a century. Second, the effect upstream shows a restoration of the original White Salmon River, as the water level radically declines (shown in timelapse). The power of water is amazing.

For more video and detail on the project, check out this site. For a much longer (but arguably less dramatic) look at the dam removal, this Pacific Power video does the job: