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Boardman River Dam Update: 8/24

I’ve got  a quick update before heading back out for the afternoon to put up another time lapse camera and place buoys across the river above the construction area.   As you may have read in the Record-Eagle this morning, demolition of the power house was delayed because of difficulty removing the metal rail around the top.  Demolition began around 3:45 and lasted about 45 minutes when they noticed a frayed hydraulic hose and decided they better replace it before something unwanted happened.

Demolition began again this morning, and  the building should be down by the end of the day today.

Dredging of the new channel through the sand delta area is progressing very well.  Molon crews constructed a temporary haul road which is working out well.  Molon has four excavators, two bulldozers and several haul vehicles dredging and moving material in four different locations…it’s really a well-run and impressive operation.   If you have a chance, visit the east overlook for a great view from above.

You can get an even closer look  if you’re willing and able to tackle the 264 steps just east of the east overlook that take you down to river level.  Follow the boardwalk east for an even closer look.  Please stay outside the construction area.

That’s it for now.  Have a great weekend everyone.

– Steve Largent, Boardman River Program Coordinator

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