In a recent interview with KDRV, Bransom explained that contractors will drill small holes into the large concrete structure of the dam, pack those holes with explosives, and then detonate them. This will enable crews to break up larger pieces of concrete into smaller pieces that are more easily managed by their equipment.
By the end of 2024, the remaining three dams — Copco 1, Iron Gate Dam, and J.C. Boyle Dam — will be removed. River restoration activities, led by Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), will continue in the years following dam removal.
Removal of the Klamath River dams will be the world’s biggest salmon restoration project. We are thrilled to see this project coming into fruition after years of hard work by so many – most notably by the Tribes and indigenous people that have lived along the river and stewarded it since time immemorial.
Cover Photo: Copco 2 dam, by Mike Wier