Salmon and steelhead runs on Oregon’s Sandy River got a shot in the arm on July 24 when demolition of 47-foot high Marmot Dam began.
The hydroelectric dam was built back around the turn of the century and has been a major contributor to the dramatic decline of the Sandy’s coho, winter steelhead and spring Chinook populations.
Portland General Electric is spending $17 million over the next two years to pull out Marmot and Little Sandy dams, which, when complete, will make the Sandy a free-flowing river from its headwaters on the flanks of Mt. Hood, down to its confluence with the Columbia River.
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