Coalition members American Whitewater, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, and The Lands Council have signed two settlement agreements that call for continued operation of Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River, enhanced operation of Sullivan Dam on the natural Sullivan Lake, and the removal of Mill Pond Dam on Sullivan Creek.
PG&E has received FERC approval for its plan to decommission the Wildcat dam, a part of the Battle Creek hydroelectric project (P-1121). According to the “Wildcat Dam Decommissioning Plan,” removal will happen between May 1 and September 1. They also plan to demolish the Wildcat Pipeline between November 2010 and April 2011.
This report prepared by American Rivers, Friends of the Earth and Trout Unlimited in 1999 describes the concept of dam removal and discusses the brief history of dam removal in the United States until then. Case studies of dam removal in many states are also discussed.According to the report, until 1999, states with the most recorded removals were Wisconsin (73 dams), California (47 dams), Ohio (39 dams), Pennsylvania (38dams), and Tennessee (25 dams).
At a meeting last week, city and county commissioners voted to remove the Boardman, Brownbridge, and Sabin Dams while keeping the Union Street dam, all in Grand Traverse County.
On April 9, 2009, the Traverse City Council and the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session to act on the recommendations of the Implementation Team and the Boardman Rivers Dam Committee (BRDC). After several presentations, public comments and discussion the Council and the Commissioners approved the removal of the three dams.