Spectacular time-lapse video of a dam being decommissioned

A cool video from National Geographic of a damn being decommissioned in Washington state in 2011.

From the video’s YouTube page:

The White Salmon River in Washington state is flowing again as the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam was disabled with explosives Wednesday. The reservoir draining took about 2 hours. Further demolition is scheduled in 2012. The event is a significant milestone for river restoration and dam removal nationwide.

What’s amazing is how ugly the land is once the dam is removed.  Check out these pictures of before and after.






And a reader posted a link to an update on the dam’s status.  You can see that things are getting back to normal, but the sides of the river are still black. It’s going to take a few years to fill in with greenery.

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