What could become the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the state's history is set to begin a new multi million dollar phase. According to the implementation team, the Boardman River Dam Project's phase II is now underway, with preliminary work including final design, channel investigation, geotechnical data investigation and permitting for the removal of Boardman and Sabin Dams and the modification of Union Street Dam.
Phase II consists of reestablishing two miles of river channel, reconnecting an additional 13 miles of river channel for fish passage, improving two miles of habitat between the current Boardman and Sabin waterways, and modifying the Union Street Dam for improved fish passage and sea lamprey control.
Phase II construction could be completed in 2015 if the funds are in place. The estimated cost of Phase II is between 13 and 15 million dollars. Approximately 4.4. million dollars has been approved at this time.
The Boardman River Dam Project is currently at the center of lawsuits filed by residents who say the removal of the dams has made their property vulnerable to floods.