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Dam removal to boost habitat on Sandy River and Columbia

Public invited to see dam project and Maya Lin artwork.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin removal of its 750-foot-long Sandy River Delta dam, starting Aug. 15. Removal of the 1930s-vintage dam will help restore fish habitat at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia rivers.

This is the last in a series of dam removals on the Sandy River, starting with Portland General Electric’s 1999 announcement it would close its Bull Run hydro operations and remove its Marmot and Little Sandy dams.

Dam removal is aiding in fish passage and improving the Sandy for kayaking.

The Confluence Project and partners are hosting an evening of interpretive hikes for the public on Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can see the dam on the first day of deconstruction and discuss the project with representatives from the Army Corps.

Then there will be a hike to the Bird Blind, another in a series of place-based art installations designed by acclaimed artist Maya Lin.

Visitors are advised to bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy live music, art and an easy three-mile hike.

To get there, take Interstate 84 to the Sandy River and Lewis & Clark State Park exit, or exit 18, and enter the park.

The Confluence Project is a series of six place-based art projects involving a collaboration of Maya Lin, Northwest tribes and other communities. Four of the six projects have been completed.

More information: Contact Courtney Yilk at 360-693-0123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .