Our two timelapse cameras have now been shooting 10 images a day for the last 67 days.  With more than 1,200 images in the can, we thought it was time to let everyone see how the project is developing.

(tip: click the little arrows and make it full screen)

So, what’s happened since we installed our cameras?  Here’s what you can see in the first video:

  • The lake was drawn down more than 10 feet
  • The minimum flow has been diverted around the site, and the pool below the dam has been drained
  • A scaffolding was installed to allow better access to the site
  • Cables were strung high across across the river and machinery lowered into the riverbed
  • A huge floating crane has been moved into position upstream of the dam
  • Blasting of the drain tunnel is progressing well
The final countdown to breach day: October 26th, 2011 has begun.  If you’re wondering, no, there won’t be a way for you to watch the blast in person (I was wondering).  Access will be restricted on both sides of the river.  There’s rumors of security planned for the west shoreline and the NW Lake Community access is private property, so be respectful.  Fortunately, PacifiCorp will be live-streaming the breach via the Internet, so you’ll be able to watch it from home.  More details on that to come.
Cheers to a soon-to-be freeflowing White Salmon River!