Oregon Field Guide Special: The White Salmon River Runs Free

In 2012, the 100 foot-tall Condit Dam was removed from the White Salmon River in southeast Washington, making it the largest dam in the world ever removed. The goal was simple: Restore habitat for threatened salmon. This first-ever project tested the ingenuity of those tasked with the massive project. But does it may also represent a turning point. In a region built on hydropower, is removing dams for threatened salmon the new norm?