The Removal of Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River
April 14, 2014 2 Comments
The removal of Savage Rapids Dam had been a topic for years. Justification was that it would help the salmon get up the river with one less obstacle. Many landowners opposed it, because it would mean loss of land. But, finally, a decision was made to remove the dam. The process took a few years, and was not without its drama. While removing part of the dam, an enormous wave was created in the center with fierce hydraulics and a boulder beneath the surface. The video below shows how turbulent the river was at this point of the dam’s demolition.
When the dam was completed, Savage Rapids came into being, while it had been absent for about 100 years. At first the rapids was Class3 as it rushed over a narrow ledge, capturing one human life in the process. But later, the river widened its banks, and the one menacing rapid had become a mild Class 2 with a few boulders to dodge. The river had changed once again.