Martha Creek Dam is located approximately a half-mile south of the nursery fields at the south end of Chapman Ave. The Martha Creek Dam Removal Project will occur from Aug. 13-24, 2012. The project will include blasting and the use of a helicopter.
The project is located well away from any homes or roadways, so there is no danger to the public. To ensure public safety, the project area will be will be closed. The Mt. Adams Ranger District will also be posting signs in the project area and will have project staff onsite to ensure the area is clear before any blasting occurs. Residents of the Stabler community and individuals near the project area may hear the remote sounds of blasting and see a helicopter operating.
For more information or questions, please contact the project manager, Bengt Coffin at 509-395-3425 or the Mt. Adams Ranger District receptionist at 509-395-3400.
· An environmental assessment describing the project was completed in 2011, and is available on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=33263
· Martha Creek Dam is an abandoned concrete water diversion structure located approximately 1.5 miles upstream of the mouth of Martha Creek, a tributary to Trout Creek in the Wind River watershed.
· The concrete dam is approximately 40 feet across by a maximum of seven feet high.
· The project will benefit and contribute to the recovery of Lower Columbia River steelhead, a Federally-listed endangered species, by reconnecting habitat.
· Martha Creek Dam was built in 1924 to serve as the intake for the Wind River Nursery water system, but has not been used in several decades.
· The dam will be demolished and removed using a combination of rock drills and explosives. A helicopter will be used to transport equipment to and from the dam site since there is no road access.