Elwha: A River Reborn By The Seattle Times Lynda V. Mapes Steve Ringman, Lessons From the World s Largest Dam Removal Project at Sep , For just over four years now, the Elwha River has run free Today the river drains, uninterrupted, from a snowfield in the mountains of Washington s Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Pacific Ocean But for about a century before, this Elwha River usgs The formerly free flowing Elwha River was famous for the diversity and size of its salmon runs After the construction of the Elwha Dam and the Glines Canyon Dam , fish lost access to than miles of mainstem river and tributary habitat As a result, all runs of native Elwha Restoration of the Elwha River The Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Project is a st century project of the U.S National Park Service to remove two dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, and restore the river to a natural state It is the largest dam removal project in history and the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the National Park Service, after the Restoration Elwha A River Reborn National Parks Conservation A new book from a reporter and photographer at The Seattle Times documents the long and successful battle to remove dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park For than years, conservationists, tribal leaders, Washington s congressional delegation, industrialists, lawyers and Elwha River Re Born to be wild American Rivers Elwha River Re Born to be wild Map of the Elwha River and tributaries with dams Flowing from the heart of Washington s Olympic National Park, the Elwha River is a sacred site The creation story of the Lower Elwha Klallam people originates in the river s fertile valley just east of Mt Olympus, despite attempts to drown the Elwha behind How a Dying River Came Roaring Back to Life The Saturday Apr , The Elwha River, historically, was home to five species of salmon, plus steelhead trout a salmonid species that similarly spawns in rivers but spends its adult life in salt water Mike McHenry, a fisheries biologist with the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, says the Elwha River Rafting Kayaking Whitewater Guidebook For most of the twentieth century, this stretch of the Elwha flowed between two reservoirs In , construction crews began work on what has been the largest dam removal project in U.S history A final blast in August of removed the last remnants of the Glines Canyon dam and left the entire forty five miles of the Elwha River free flowing for the first time since . Elwha Valley A River In Transition Outdoor Project In the Elwha alone, coastal cutthroat, bull, and Dolly Varden trout coexist with salmon and steelhead in some of the best habitat for anadromous fish in the country Before the dams, over , salmon returned every year to the Elwha River to spawn At the time of dam removal, that number had dwindled to fewer than , spawning fish. OUTDOORS Elwha River summer steelhead on the rebound May , THE UNANTICIPATED REBOUND of Elwha River summer steelhead is one of the most surprising success stories to emerge in the years following the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams. Dam removal began in September and, by , salmon and steelhead regained access to the Elwha s backcountry for the first time in than years as the mile long river was once Return of the River A documentary film about the Elwha a film about the largest dam removal project in the history of the united states, and the extraordinary effort to restore an eco system and set a river free Return of the River is the documentary film that lives up to the grandeur of the Elwha, its renewal, and its promise. River Restoration Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Engineered Log Jams Since , than engineered log jams have been installed in the Lower Elwha River to restore critical salmon habitat Goals and Objectives This is a rare opportunity to fully restore an ecosystem where over % of the watershed lies within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park, and about % of the river is Elwha Roaring back to life The Seattle Times Feb , The lower river was the only place available to salmon after , when Elwha Dam was built five miles from the river mouth without fish passage Entrepreneur Thomas Aldwell built Elwha Dam to generate hydropower to attract industry to the city of Port Angeles Cheap hydropower helped jumpstart the economy on the Olympic Peninsula. As the Elwha River makes a comeback, beavers return and The return of beavers and their dams to the Elwha River signal a recovery of the ecosystem after the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon hydropower dams in . USGS Fact Sheet Elwha River Dam Removal Elwha River Dam Removal Rebirth of a River By Jeffrey J Duda, Jonathan A Warrick, and Christopher S Magirl After years of planning for the largest project of its kind, the Department of the Interior will begin removal of two dams on the Elwha River, Washington, in September .
A compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystemIn the fall of 2011, the Times was on hand when a Montana contractor removed the first pieces from two concrete dams on the Elwha River which cuts through the Olympic range It was the beginning of the largest dam removal project ever underA compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystemIn the fall of 2011, the Times was on hand when a Montana contractor removed the first pieces from two concrete dams on the Elwha River which cuts through the Olympic range It was the beginning of the largest dam removal project ever undertaken in North America one dam was 200 feet tall and the start of an unprecedented attempt to restore an entire ecosystem More than 70 miles of the Elwha and its tributaries course from the mountain headwaters to clamming beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca Through interviews, field work, archival and historical research, and photojournalism, The Seattle Times has explored and reported on the dam removal, the Elwha ecosystem, its industrialization, and now its renewal Elwha A River Reborn is based on these feature articles Richly illustrated with stunning photographs, as well as historic images, graphics, and a map, Elwha tells the interwoven stories of this region Meet the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who anxiously await the return of renowned salmon runs savored over the generations in the stories of their elders Discover the biologists and engineers who are bringing the dams down and laying the plan for renewal, including an unprecedented revegetation effort that will eventually cover than 700 acres of mudflats When the dam started to come down in Fall 2011 anticipated for than 20 years since Congress passed the Elwha Restoration Act it was the beginning of a 350 million project observed around the world Elwha A River Reborn is inspiring and instructive, a triumphant story of place, people, and environment striving to come together.