Condit Hydroelectric Project

Columbia River Basin; White Salmon River, Skamania & Klickitat Counties, Washington

Project Profile

The 125-foot tall Condit Dam was completed in 1913 at river mile 3.3 of the White Salmon River; maximum power production was rated at 14.7 megawatts. Condit Dam blocked access to spawning and rearing habitat for ESA-listed fish, halted transport of spawning gravel, and severely reduced flow for nearly a mile in the lower river. The parties involved reached an agreement in 1999 to decommission and remove the dam. A breach was created at the base of the dam on Oct. 26, 2011, and the reservoir drained. Dam removal was completed in September 2012. During the summer of 2012, steelhead were observed jumping at BZ Falls roughly nine stream miles above where Condit Dam was located and wild tule fall Chinook salmon redds were observed in the former reservoir reach in October 2012.

Listed Species

Lower Columbia River Chinook

Middle Columbia River steelhead

Licensee

PacifiCorp

FERC Relicensing Status

NOAA Fisheries completed its biological opinion in 2006.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-2342

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion