"Anything else was prohibitively expensive and in any event, there was always going to be some sedimentation from the removal process," says Katherine Ransel, northwest regional director for American Rivers.
says, a one-time shot of sediment is an acceptable price for getting rid of the dam.
Because the decision evolved from negotiations among PacifiCorp, conservationists, the government, and Indian tribes whose livelihood once depended on salmon, the deal has widespread support.
But there have been protests from cabin owners whose homes will no longer be lake-side.In an impassioned statement to Portland's Oregonian newspaper, one homeowner said she
felt sold out by environmentalists seeking to put "a political notch on their gun."
Restoring the White Salmon is an important test for salmon recovery throughout the Northwest.