Andy Maser is a National Geographic Young Explorer, filmmaker, and conservation advocate. You may have recently seen him tromping around the jungle of Congo on an elephant conservation expedition, kayaking the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River, or locked in his video editing cave in Portland, OR. Visit his website and check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo! (email Andy)
Steve Stampfli is the Watershed Coordinator for the Hood River Watershed Group in north central Oregon. He recently worked with PacifiCorp to document the removal of Powerdale Dam on the Hood River, which blocked fish passage for more than 80 years. Steve lives in Husum, WA, a stones throw from the White Salmon. (email Steve)
Condit Hydro Project Map
Use timelapse photography to document the deconstruction of Condit Dam and the river restoration that follows. Two cameras—one trained on the dam site and one on the area upstream of the dam site—will shoot one photo every daylight hour for two-five years. When these images are played in sequence as video and sped up thousands of times, the multi-year restoration process will unfold in a matter of minutes, presenting a clear picture of the complete process of dam removal. This video will be a powerful tool for the science, nonprofit, and educational communities to use in learning about dam removal projects and river restoration.
July 2011: Cameras installed at Condit Dam, deconstruction work begins
October 2011: Explosion of “drain plug” at Condit Dam, lake drained in 6 hours
Winter 2011/12: Bulk of trapped sediment built up over 100 years flushes out of lake
Spring/Summer 2012: Condit Dam deconstructed, concrete removed
Fall 2011-???: River channel reforms and re-vegetates
We’d like to extend a huge thanks to Pro Photo Supply in Portland for helping to make this project possible. Thanks for supporting local photographers and being the local source for equipment and information!
Need to get ahold of us?
Andy Maser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Stampfli: email@example.com