Elwa River dam removal

Alternative energy
10:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower

This weir at Youngs Creek, near Sultan, is situated above a waterfall, minimizing its impact on fish runs. The Hydropower Improvement Act of 2013 would ease federal licensing on small dams, if they generate less than 10 megawatts of power.
Courtesy Snohomish County PUD

Big dams that block rivers and salmon runs are out of vogue. But new legislation could clear the way for more small ones.

The removal of Washington’s Elwha dam — the largest dam removal in U.S. history — marked the end of an era in which big dams were embraced.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Washington's Condit Dam breached

Crews have blasted a hole in a nearly century-old hydropower dam in Washington's south Cascades today, marking another step in efforts to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish in the Pacific Northwest.

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Elwha River restoration
2:25 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Watch the demolition of Washington dams - live and online

Watch the Glines Canyon Dam and others be demolitioned in real time. It will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
National Park Service

Six webcams will snap pictures throughout the day during the three-year removal process the Elwha River dams.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Elwha River dam removal historic, but not explosive

The 108-foot tall Elwha Dam is the smaller of the two dams on the Elwha River slated for demolition.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Seattle's Kingdome collapsed with a bang. Explosive demolition experts also brought down the cooling tower at the former Trojan nuclear plant. But if you're hoping for the same excitement from the upcoming destruction of two big hydropower dams on Washington's Elwha River, you'll be disappointed.

The history-making dam removal that begins in September will happen slowly and methodically.

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