Preparations to remove the Balm Grove Dam will begin this month, the Tualatin River Watershed Council announced Tuesday. In mid-September, the dam will be broken apart piece by piece.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners—who also serve as the Clean Water Services Board of Directors—awarded a $924,950 contract to remove the Balm Grove Dam and do stream restoration work at the site to Biohabitats, Inc. Tuesday evening.
Community members got an opportunity for one last look at the Balm Grove Dam before the old barrier—likely close to a century old, though a firm construction date is unknown—spanning Gales Creek comes down this summer.
An open house planned in advance of the recently-funded Balm Grove Dam removal project will be held onsite at Balm Grove in Gales Creek Thursday, June 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Tualatin River Watershed Council and Clean Water Services, which owns the property, information on the[Read More…]
A significant chunk of funding to remove the Balm Grove Dam on Gales Creek was approved Tuesday after a vote of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board awarded a $270,000 grant for the project to the Tualatin River Watershed Council.
Plans to move the stalled Balm Grove Dam removal project forward are back, the Tualatin River Watershed Council announced Wednesday evening. In an email, TRWC Executive Director Scott McEwen said that removal of the decades-old concrete dam will begin this summer. “Removal of the structure and restoration of the site[Read More…]
The former Balm Grove Tavern on May 5, 2020. Photo: Chas Hundley Clean Water Services is asking the public to stay off the historic Balm Grove property in Gales Creek. “We know that historically this has been a popular gathering place in the community. However, the fish passage barrier poses[Read More…]
The Balm Grove Dam on May 1, 2019. Photo: Chas Hundley The stalled Balm Grove Dam removal project may see movement again after the Tualatin River Watershed Council submitted an application in late April for a grant to partially fund the removal of the decades-old structure in Gales Creek and[Read More…]
The Balm Grove Dam. Photo: Chas Hundley BALM GROVE – A project to remove a near century-old dam spanning Gales Creek at Balm Grove is on hold after funding for the project never materialized. The Balm Grove dam removal project was once envisioned as a way to mitigate negative impacts[Read More…]
The Balm Grove Tavern, as seen from the side during an open house on May 1. Photo: Chas Hundley BALM GROVE – An open house on May 1 at the Clean Water Services-owned Balm Grove property allowed community members in Gales Creek to tour the historic site, view where Clean[Read More…]