In the Oregon north coast town of Warrenton, they've been struggling for years with what they refer to as the Eighth Street dam, which is a 54 year-old structure on the Skipanon River that was originally constructed for flood control.
Many consider the thing - much like top officials last week at Oregon Zoo considered 54 year-old Packy the elephant - obsolete. So there's been a lot of wrangling over the years regarding what to do - if anything - about the little dam. The latest kerfluffle is that an engineering firm hired to assess the situation observed that during extreme tidal events, water "elevation" would increase if the dam is removed.
In other words, flooding.
Some on the City Commission, as well as the Nygaard logging family, have accused the water district and the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce — the water district’s former partner — of downplaying the flooding risk if the dam is removed.
So they got a consultant involved. More money, more time, and more drama for such a little town. Tear the thing out, restore the natural river flow, and install flood mitigation on affected properties. That's just probably too easy.