Removing a dam to restore an ecosystem is never exciting or glamorous. It’s always a hard-fought slog of paperwork, meetings and most of all asking the public for their support.
It took two decades to begin the removal of the Elwha dam on the Olympic peninsula. It took almost as long to begin work for Condit dam in southern Washington as well.
And amidst this hard work, sometimes in the rarest of moments all that drudgery pays off and turns into one single very dramatic moment.
After a decade and a half of organizing efforts for the removal of Condit Dam there was one of those moments last Wednesday, October 26th 2011.
Please support the work of DERT and become a member of our organization so that we will also someday have the same kind of celebration.
Enclosed below are two videos… The first one is the demolition of the Condit Dam, the second one documents the decades of hard work citizen’s had to do to get it done.
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