Spectacular Time-Lapse Video of Historic Dam Removal
The Condit Dam in Washington State has been dramatically dismantled, to restore a salmon stream for the first time in a century.
The dam removal comes just weeks after dismantling began on the Elwha Dam a few hours to the north. Demolition of the Condit occured with a bang, compared to the virtual whimper of the Elwha. At that site, downstream from Olympic National Park, engineers are dismantling the two dams slowly, in a process that's expected to take three years. They say a quicker removal would endanger the area due to the higher amount of silt in the lake.
Silt is still readily apparent in the dramatic video above, both in the darkly colored water rushing from underneath the conrete and in the fast-emptying lake.
(Related: Bulldozers Tear Into Elwha Dam)
To capture the action in the above video, Andy Maser