|The dam was completed in 1973 after seven years|
and $327 million.
The main purpose of building the dam was flood protection but it has many functions including hydropower, recreational opportunities, natural resource management, and navigation. The construction and operation of the dam and reservoir is not without controversy among environmental groups and the locals. While the dam does provide flood protection from the Clearwater River it also cut off migration routes of anadromous fish including steelhead trout and various species of salmon. (More on this issue in another post.)
|The spillway (located at the far left bottom of the picture) discharges water into the North Fork of the Clearwater River.|
|The three hydroelectric generators are capable of producing enough power to heat, cool, and light a city the size of Boise. The person on the right is actually a manaquin and not a lazy government employee.|
|The view from the dam is pretty spectacular. The dam is approximately 3,300 feet long.|