Removal Begins on Washington’s Condit Dam

A portion of the article from the Seattle Times:

Yakama Nation tribal elders have called the area a “paradise,” recalling stories about tribal members fishing, hunting and gathering berries and other native plants before the dam was built. Tribal houses and drying sheds sat at the confluence with the Columbia for processing abundant salmon, steelhead and lamprey.

Removal of the dam opens up at least 33 miles of habitat for steelhead. Habitat for tule fall chinook will double.

Yakama Nation chairman Harry Smiskin likened the return of fish to the river’s upper stretches to “welcoming back a relative that has been missing for many years.”

“It is sad that the dam is coming out, but again, it is a return to something our Creator, our Mother Nature, created for us and to put it back to as close to its natural state as it can be,” he said.

One thought on “Removal Begins on Washington’s Condit Dam

  1. Kitty Hieronymus November 1, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    This is a time for Celebration! The ‘Native ‘ American People have always known the importance of caring for the land and waters. If we take care of her, she’ll take care of us. If ‘we’ had not stolen this land from them to begin with, there would be no discusion on the subject of the Condit Dam removal.
    There are 85000 dams here in the U.S. How many more are there like the Condit Dam that do not generate electricity?? Why are they there?
    Signed, an American Citizen

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