Middle Fork Dam Removal Project Photos

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project construction has been underway since January 2020, with in-water work starting​ June 2020. Follow along on this page for regular photo updates. ​​

Pre-Project Photos of Dam and River

 

 

February 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/10-low-flow-event-feb2020.jpgFebruary 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamLow Flow, approx. 175 cubic feet per second (78,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 19, 2020
February 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/11-high-flow-event-feb2020.JPGFebruary 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamHigh Flow, approx. 10,000 cubic feet per second (4,500,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 1, 2020
February 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/12-low-flow-event-feb2020.jpgFebruary 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamLow Flow, approx. 175 cubic feet per second (78,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 19, 2020
February 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/13-high-flow-event-feb2020.JPGFebruary 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamHigh Flow, approx. 10,000 cubic feet per second (4,500,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 1, 2020
February 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Dam - Downstream of Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/14-low-flow-event-feb2020.jpgFebruary 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Dam - Downstream of DamLow Flow, approx. 175 cubic feet per second (78,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 19, 2020
February 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Dam - Downstream of Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/15-feb-2020-high-flow-event.JPGFebruary 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Dam - Downstream of DamHigh Flow, approx. 10,000 cubic feet per second (4,500,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 1, 2020
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/1-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.jpgMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken October 2019 by Paul Conrad.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/2-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.jpgMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken October 2019 by Paul Conrad.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/3-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.JPGMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken May 2019.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/4-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.jpgMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken May 2019.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/5-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.jpgMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken October 2019.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project Photohttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/6-middlefork-nooksack-dam-removal-pre-project.JPGMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Project PhotoPre-project photo of Middle Fork Diversion Dam. Photo taken May 2019.
Middle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-Projecthttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/7-middlefork-nooksack-river.JPGMiddle Fork Nooksack Dam Removal Pre-ProjectPre-project photo of Middle Fork Nooksack River upstream of Middle Fork Diversion Dam site. Photo taken May 2019.
February 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/8-low-flow-event-feb2020.jpgFebruary 2020 Low Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamLow Flow, approx. 175 cubic feet per second (78,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 19, 2020
February 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion Damhttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-pre-project/9-high-flow-event-feb-2020.JPGFebruary 2020 High Flow Event at Middle Fork Diversion DamHigh Flow, approx. 10,000 cubic feet per second (4,500,000 gallons per minute), photo taken February 1, 2020

Project Layout

 

 

Middle Fork Dam Removal Project Layouthttps://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/middle-fork-project-layout/middle-fork-project-layout.jpgMiddle Fork Dam Removal Project Layout

Construction Videos

Construction Photo​s

 

 

January 7, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-01-07.JPGJanuary 7, 2020Contractor and Construction Management personnel reviewing site just prior to construction.
January 30, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-01-30.JPGJanuary 30, 2020Access Road bridge strengthening work nearly complete.
February 10, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-02-10a.JPGFebruary 10, 2020Upper Staging Area. Clearing, grading and intermediate site stabilization complete.
February 10, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-02-10b.JPGFebruary 10, 2020Initial Clearing and Grubbing work at main project site.
February 11, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-02-11.JPGFebruary 11, 2020Site Layout in progress.
March 3, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-03a.JPGMarch 3, 2020Project Entrance and Acknowledgement Sign installed.
March 3, 2020 https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-03b.JPGMarch 3, 2020 Boulders stockpiled during clearing/grubbing and initial grading work for future reuse in river channel restoration after dam removal.
March 3, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-03c.JPGMarch 3, 2020Excavation equipment working on grading/site preparation.
March 17, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-17.jpgMarch 17, 2020Excavators work among extracted boulders near the future fish screen area.
March 31, 2020 https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31a.JPGMarch 31, 2020 An excavator stacks boulders for later use in channel restoration at a nearby stockpile site.
March 31, 2020 https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31b.JPGMarch 31, 2020 Heavy equipment crossing the strengthened access road bridge.
March 31, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31c.JPGMarch 31, 2020Many large boulders have been encountered during initial excavation and are being stockpiled for reuse in restoring the channel after the dam is removed this summer.
March 31, 2020 https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31d.JPGMarch 31, 2020 Excavation progress between the new Fish Screen Facility and Intake Structure.
March 31, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31e.JPGMarch 31, 2020Excavation for the future Fish Screen facility at right, Water Supply pipeline excavation in foreground and temporary slope stabilization with boulders in back.
March 31, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-03-31f.JPGMarch 31, 2020Upland work looking west. Intake excavation at lower right, Fish Screen excavation at left back.
April 7, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-04-07.JPGApril 7, 2020Construction Management personnel inspecting the location of the extended water supply pipeline that will connect to a new water diversion intake.
April 16, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-04-16.JPGApril 16, 2020The Porter Creek wildfire smolders above the project work site.
April 21, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-04-21.JPGApril 21, 2020The existing dam pier is drilled for future blasting and demolition.
May 19, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-05-19.JPGMay 19, 2020The river continues to have high springtime flows while the excavated project area awaits pumping after a few days of heavy rain.
May 27, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-05-27.JPGMay 27, 2020Work to install a temporary bridge for access for dam demolition and channel restoration in progress.
June 1, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-01a.JPGJune 1, 2020In-Water work begins! Crane is mobilized to set temporary bridge support areas.
June 1, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-01b.JPGJune 1, 2020In-Water Work begins! Intake excavation and sandbag filling. Preparation work for cofferdam placement.
June 2, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-02a.JPGJune 2, 2020Temporary bridge work nearly complete.
June 2, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-02b.JPGJune 2, 2020Initial cofferdam sandbags set in the river to begin isolating the work area of the new diversion intake.
June 3, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-03a.JPGJune 3, 2020Set up for cofferdam work and sandbag filling at the mid-channel bar/dam demolition area.
June 3, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-03b.jpgJune 3, 2020Sandbags are being filled above the portion of dam and beside the center pier that will be removed.
June 3, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-03c.jpgJune 3, 2020Water quality monitoring is conducted at the point of compliance.
June 4, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-04.JPGJune 4, 2020Cofferdam installation progress at the dam demolition area.
June 8, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-08a.jpgJune 8, 2020The river swiftly flows at ~950 cfs on the other side of the calm isolated work area while dewatering pumping begins to enable Fish Handling and Relocation team entry and defishing.
June 8, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-08b.JPGJune 8, 2020The Fish Handling and Relocation team sweeps the intake cofferdam area for fish and other aquatic life.
June 12, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-12a.JPGJune 12, 2020Cofferdam installation above the existing dam is framed by the lush green forest.
June 12, 2020https://iframe.cob.org/photos/Services/Environment/Restoration/construction-photos/2020-06-12b.JPGJune 12, 2020Cofferdam installation continues.

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