wanapum dam

Disasters and Accidents
3:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Residents Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Make Do With Low Columbia River

Eugene and Karen Penix live in the Sunland vacation community near Vantage, Washington, above Wanapum Dam.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Dramatically lowered water behind the damaged Wanapum Dam in eastern Washington means boaters are out of luck this Memorial Day on that stretch of the Columbia River.

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Disasters and Accidents
7:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Inslee Says Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.
Credit Office of the Governor

Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington Wednesday. He visited Wanapum after it came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Washington Governor To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Governor Jay Inslee will get to see the problems with central Washington's Wanapum Dam for himself Wednesday. The visit will be Inslee’s first look at the damaged dam since a massive crack was noticed back in February.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:48 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Crack In Wanapum Dam A Symptom Of Several Big Problems

This graphic form the Grant PUD shows the sequence of events that led to the crack in Wanapum Dam.
Credit Grant PUD

An extensive investigation by the Grant County utility district revealed Tuesday that a host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington.

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Disasters and Accidents
5:32 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Cost $61 Million

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

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History and Culture
4:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Keeping Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Is Proving Costly

File photo. Sheriff's deputies, Grant County employees and state Fish and Wildlife officers are patrolling 80 miles of Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The drawdown of water behind Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What Cracked Wanapum Dam? Experts Won't Know Until June

A view of the lowered Columbia River at Crescent Bar near Vantage, Wash.
Grant County PUD

Central Washington could be in for a bummer of a summer as Grant County officials have said they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:27 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Wanapum Dam?

Boat launches and docks have been left high and dry from the drawdown of water behind the damaged Wanapum dam.
Anna King Northwest News Network

This summer could be a bust for a resort community in central Washington after a crack in the Wanapum Dam forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:03 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Winds Hamper Exploratory Drilling On Wanapum Dam's Giant Crack

Crews are trying to figure out how bad the crack on Wanapum Dam is and how it can be repaired.
Grant County PUD

High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

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History and Culture
4:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam have been handed over to Northwest tribes.

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