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Commentary: Who’s paying for the cost of 41% more sediment in dam removal?

by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 3/20/2013

ELWHA RIVER – COST OF 41% MORE SEDIMENT

AND WHO’S PAYING FOR IT?

What the total cost to the project of the breakdown will be — on a plant that was already the single most expensive piece of the

$325 million Elwha restoration — and what caused it to fail are still being sorted out, said Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for the park service.

Dam removal was put on hold last October until contractors make more than $1.4 million in emergency retrofits to the new $71.5 million Elwha Water Facilities plant.

The agency hopes to get contractors back at work taking down Glines Canyon Dam by mid-April. Meanwhile, taxpayers are paying $245,000 to contractor Barnard Construction for the project delay (on top of the repair costs, paid to contractor Macnac Construction of Lakewood) while the water plant is fixed.

Pearl Rains Hewett

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