Bonneville Dam Field Trip, Sunday, 28 July

Transportation will be provided from the conference site, departing at approximately 12:30 P.M. and returning approximately 5:30 P.M. View registration details.

Participants may register separately for a scenic field trip to Bonneville Dam, located 40 miles east of Portland, OR, in the famed Columbia River Gorge.  Visitors to the dam can experience firsthand the operation of two of the Nation’s largest hydroelectric powerhouses and watch migrating fish traveling upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. Bonneville Lock and Dam has three recreation areas, a fishing area, fish hatchery, trails and a visitor center.  The field trip will also stop at the popular Multnomah Falls waterfall and other scenic view points along the way.  Transportation will be provided from the PSU Conference Center, departing at approximately 12:30 P.M., and returning at approximately 5:30 P.M.

Some interesting facts about the Bonneville Lock and Dam:

  • It is a National Historic Landmark that is still making history
  • It was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation and generate electricity
  • It began as a Public Works Project built during the Great Depression and put 3,000 people to work on this site for five years
  • In addition to the 3,000 people who worked on site, there was a multiplier effect due to the manufacturing jobs that supplied materials needed to build the dam
  • It is part of a series of dams that produce about 60% of our power in the Northwest
  • It is one of 31 federal dams built and operated either by the Corps of Engineers or the Bureau of Reclamation that generates power that is distributed by the Bonneville Power Administration
  • It generates clean, renewable, reliable and responsive energy for up to 900,000 homes
  • It is part of a series of eight locks; up to 10 million tons of commodities pass through the waterway and its lock annually
  • The First Powerhouse was expanded during WW-2 to help build ships and aircraft to fight the war
  • The Second Powerhouse was built to meet rising energy demand
  • It has made many improvements to fish passage facilities and operations to help maintain a sustainable fish population
  • It has the largest and most-visited visitor center operated by the Corps of Engineers

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