On October 26, 2011, a hole was blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, located on Washington’s White Salmon River. The explosion was, admittedly, awesome to watch (as we reported on earlier HERE) and marked the beginning of a national river restoration effort that has been documented by Portland, Ore., paddler/filmmaker Andy Maser in the short film The Craziest Idea (above). Featuring local personalities like Heather Herbeck, a Wet Planet whitewater guide and kayak instructor, and local river conservationist Phyllis Clausen, who's lived on the river for 30 years and led conservation efforts volunteering with Friends of the White Salmon, it’s an impressive piece of documentary film-making, and was recently named the Best Professional Documentary at the 2012 National Paddling Film Festival.

While you’re in the dam removal mood, check out David Hanson’s article about the nearby Glines Canyon Dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River HERE, and stay tuned to C&K for more updates on the film festival and its winners.