Damnable dams

by Paul Koberstein

The Oregon Natural Resources Council makes the case for eliminating 13 finished,


one unfinished and four proposed dams. Historically, questions about dams have been limited to where dams should be built, but now the council asks whether they should be allowed to remain. Here is the council's list of Damnable Dams, with the name, river, general location and owner.





Ice Harbor Dam, Snake River, southeast Washington, federal


Lower Monumental Dam, Snake River, southeast Washington, federal


Little Goose Dam, Snake River, southeast Washington, federal


Lower Granite Dam, Snake River, southeast Washington, federal


Hells Canyon Dam, Snake River, Oregon-Idaho border, Idaho Power Co.


Brownlee Dam, Snake River, Oregon-Idaho border, Idaho Power Co.


Oxbow Dam, Snake River, Oregon-Idaho border, Idaho Power Co.


Chiloquin Dam, Sprague River, southern Oregon, Modac Point Irrigation District (proposed)


Elk Creek Dam, Elk Creek of the Rogue River, southwest Oregon, federal (one-third complete)


Milltown Hill Dam, Elk Creek of the Umpqua River, southwest Oregon, Douglas County (proposed)


Pelton Dam, Deschutes River, central Oregon, Portland General Electric


Round Butte Dam, Deschutes River, central Oregon, Portland General Electric


Salt Caves Hydroelectric Project, Klamath River, southern Oregon, City of Klamath Falls (proposed)


Savage Rapids Dam, Rogue River, southwest Oregon, Grants Pass Irrigation District


Gold Ray Dam, Rogue River, southwest Oregon, Jackson County


Winchester Dam, North Umpqua River, southwest Oregon, Winchester Water Control District


Three Mile Falls Dam, Umatilla River, northeast Oregon, federal


Abert Lake Dam, Abert Lake, Southeast Oregon, Abert Lake Hydroelectric Association (proposed)





" Paul Koberstein, Willamette Week © High Country News