Columbia River -- History, Dams -- Columbia River Watershed -- History -- 20th century, Columbia River, Environmental degradation -- Columbia River Region
Someone new to the Pacific Northwest and seeing the Columbia River for the first time could have no idea what the Great River of the West looked like before the building of the big dams. The Columbia's character and its muscle are generally hidden from view, deep in the old river channel and in the guts of machines that span the river like stair steps, from Bonneville Dam near Portland to Mica Dam at the river's far northern turn in British Columbia.
Lang, William. (2005). "1949: Year of the Decision on the Columbia River." Columbia Magazine. 19.1 (Spring 2005): 815.