Rogue River Dam Set for Removal in Oregon; River to Flow Freely for First Time in 88 Years

GRANT PASS, Ore., Oct. 9 (UPI) — A coffer dam will be removed from the Rogue River in Oregon, allowing the river to run free in the area for the first time in 88 years, a lawyer says.

WaterWatch of Oregon staff attorney Bob Hunter, whose group fought to have the dam removed, told The (Portland) Oregonian the coffer dam near Grants Pass, Ore., was scheduled for removal on Friday.

“I can’t wait to run the new stretch in my drift boat and check out the new fishing spots,” Hunter said.

The dam is being removed as part of a 2001 agreement among the dam’s owner, the Grants Pass Irrigation Dam and WaterWatch.

The Oregonian said the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is paying $3 million of the $39.3 million estimated cost of the dam removal project.

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