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EPHRATA, Wash.— Work to improve boat navigation near Crescent Bar is expected to begin next month, according to an agreement reached between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar Inc. Under the agreement, Grant PUD will remove about 45,000 cubic yards of … Continue reading →
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Crews work around the clock on Wanapum Dam spillway Grant PUD and its contractors continue work on the 800-foot-long Wanapum Dam spillway to prepare for final reinforcing repairs. Various types of drilling are underway as crews prepare for repairs once … Continue reading →
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Efforts to install extended fish ladders for adult spring Chinook, steelhead and lamprey show positive results Modifications to fish ladders at both Wanapum and Rock Island dams are showing positive results for the spring run of adult Chinook salmon. Grant … Continue reading →
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Gov. Jay Inslee visited Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River this week to view work underway in response to a fracture found in the dam’s spillway in late February. The tour of the hydroelectric plant provided an opportunity for the … Continue reading →
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Repairs likely to keep reservoir behind dam low all summer BEVERLY, Wash.— Preliminary results of an extensive 11-week investigation by Grant PUD and its consultants has determined that the primary contributing factor to a fracture developing within the dam’s spillway, was … Continue reading →
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Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend EPHRATA, Wash. – With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the … Continue reading →
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Juvenile salmon and steelhead passage is now underway at Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. Juvenile passage at Wanapum Dam will be accommodated through the dam’s fish bypass unit, spillways and advanced turbines, which all remain functional under the current reservoir … Continue reading →
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Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners were presented with a preliminary estimate of potential costs associated with repairs to the fracture at Wanapum Dam’s spillway. The estimate of $61 million, given during the commission meeting today, (April 22) includes all costs … Continue reading →
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Initial data reveals fish ladder modifications are effective Beverly, WA – Initial results reveal that modifications to Wanapum and Rock Island dam’s fish ladders are allowing safe passage to upstream migrating adult salmon and steelhead. Direct observation studies demonstrate salmon … Continue reading →
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Fish hauling program begins at Priest Rapids Dam and Rock Island location 1 fish ladder  extension completed Quincy, WA – Modifications of the left-bank fish ladder at Wanapum Dam and location 1 on the right bank of Rock Island Dam … Continue reading →
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BEVERLY, Wash. – The foundation below Wanapum Dam was not a factor in creating the fracture discovered on the dam’s spillway pier monolith No. 4. The team of engineers and analysts has determined that the fracture was not caused by: … Continue reading →
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BEVERLY, Wash. – A drilling team has completed six investigative holes into the Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith No. 4 as part of the forensic examination of a fracture found in the structure on Feb. 27. Drilling will resume after … Continue reading →
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