PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A dam that has blocked the Crooked River south of Prineville for more than a century is being removed.

Work started last week on removing the Stearns Dam and the river should be restored in two or three weeks, clearing the way for salmon and steelhead.

The Bulletin reports the Crooked River Watershed Council led a tour Thursday to show the progress.

Homesteaders started diverting the river in 1911 for irrigation.

The cost of removing the dam — about $350,000, depending on restoration work — comes from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the conservation group American Rivers.

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