Released On: September 30, 2009
Recreationists on the river are advised to exercise caution and to stay clear of the construction area. Motorists in the area should be prepared for some roadway congestion and to watch for pedestrian traffic as heavy equipment enters and exits the construction site at Foothill Boulevard and Highway 99.
The total estimated project cost is $39.3 million, with $3 million for dam removal provided by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
The Grants Pass Irrigation District constructed Savage Rapids Dam in 1921 to divert water for irrigation. An amended 2001 Federal Court Consent Decree required the District to cease using the dam for water diversions by the end of the 2008 irrigation season. Congress subsequently authorized Reclamation to construct the Savage Rapids Pumping Plant to supply water to the district and to remove the existing dam.
Additional information on project construction can be found by selecting the Savage Rapids Dam Removal update link in the center of the web page at: www.usbr.gov/pn.
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