OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Dam Removals: Rivers on the run

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marmot had nearly 20 times more sediment and Condit had double that of Marmot. Because it would be too expensive to dig out that material and carry it away, project managers opted for a more radical approach, colourfully described as “blow and go”, in which the dams were removed quickly, says Gordon Grant, a research hydrologist at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon.