The Dalles Dam


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The Dalles Dam,

260 ft (79 m) high and 8,875 ft (2,705 m) long, on the Columbia River between Oregon and Wash., NE of The Dalles, Oreg.; built 1952–57 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The dam, a major link in the development of the Columbia basin, provides hydroelectric power and improves navigation. Located at the head of the slackwater pool created by Bonneville Dam, it impounds a reservoir that provides ship passage 25 mi (40 km) upstream to John Day Dam. Fishways permit salmon and other migratory fish to pass the dam.
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The Trump administrations Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently halted work by the Army Corps on a Village Development Plan specific to The Dalles Dam.
With the completion of the Dalles Dam in 1957, Celilo Falls, the traditional economic and cultural hub of indigenous peoples in the region, was flooded--a federal government decision which disregarded the Yakama people's ancient fishing rights and threatened their traditional way of life.
The company was recognized for its work on the Dalles Dam.
And at least two villages were destroyed by the Dalles Dam.
For example, the Dalles Dam on the Columbia River flooded and eliminated Celilo Falls, which was a great barrier for salmon and thus resulted in large congregations of fish below the falls.
For millennia, native peoples netted salmon from wooden platforms cantilevered over what was then Celilo Falls--until the 1950s, when water backing up from newly constructed The Dalles Dam inundated the falls.
At The Dalles Dam, divers were tasked with two jobs.
For thousands of years, Celilo Falls on the Columbia River was a meeting place for Pacific Northwest Indians as well as a major fishing site, then was flooded behind The Dalles Dam in 1957.
A pair of Indians working a drift net from a fiberglass skiff near White Salmon brings to mind the precarious fishing scaffolds at Cecilo Falls, long ago flooded by the slack water behind The Dalles Dam.
Then Celilo was teeming with salmon, now the falls are covered by a reservoir formed by The Dalles Dam.
The Dalles Dam on the Columbia, completed in 1960, flooded what had been the most important fishing and trading center for all the tribes of the Columbia Basin, Celilo Falls.
In March of 1957, as the Army Corps of Engineers prepared to close the gates of The Dalles Dam, thereby drowning the great tribal fishery at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, Wyampum Chief Tommy Thompson called on Congress to halt the flooding and save his people's salmon.