Donna DeWinkler is one of only two female electrical engineers at Grand Coulee Dam. She is the great-granddaughter of Chief Jim James, the last Chief for the Sanpoil of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He pushed the button to begin power production at Grand Coulee Dam in 1941. Watch the video: http://on.doi.gov/YAzefh
Linemen build 300 foot tall transmission towers on a hillside adjacent to Grand Coulee Dam. The towers will support new high voltage transmission lines linking Grand Coulee’s Third Powerplant with a switchyard one mile away. The lines span 3600 feet across the Columbia River.
$1.6 Million Contract Awarded for a New Laser Light Show at Grand Coulee Dam - Grand Coulee Dam’s unique visitor’s experience is about to get a major overhaul with a $1.6 million contract. The contract was awarded by the Bureau of Reclamati…on to LumaLaser of Eugene, Ore., with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration. The money will be used to improve the overall show including replacement of the outdated laser light show and an upgrade of all equipment associated with the show, including its sound system. The modernized system will consume less electricity - realizing an energy savings of more than 75 percent. http://on.doi.gov/Nx42w8
Construction of Grand Coulee Dam began in 1933 and was completed in 1942. Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydropower producer in the United States with a total generating capacity of 6,809 megawatts. It is also part of the Columbia Basin Project, irrigating more than 600,000 acres, and is the cornerstone for water control on the Columbia River in the United States. http://on.doi.gov/1Vd68A