Elwha River restoration

Elwha Restoration
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

New Life After Dam Removal: Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha

File image of surf smelt.
NOAA Fisheries West Coast

Tiny forage fish don’t have the iconic status of Northwest species such as salmon or orcas, but the marine creatures at the bottom of the food chain play a critical role. So scientists are excited to see signs they’re spawning in new habitat created by the Elwha dam removals. 

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Environmental Education
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

For Rainier Beach High Students, Class In Session Along Fast-Changing Elwha River

Rainier Beach High School biology students reach into Barnes Creek, a waterway 10 miles west of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. They're spending the week in the park studying river ecology.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Rainier Beach High School senior Puja Niroula hopes to study science in college. But she's still a bit squeamish when it comes to netting tiny bugs from a creek bed in Olympic National Forest.

"I wonder if this is poisonous. Do you think so?" Niroula, 18, asked another student with more than a hint of trepidation as she picked larval mayflies from the net.

Niroula and 25 other biology students from the south Seattle school are spending this week conducting experiments on a fast-changing ecosystem at the heart of one of the century's most significant environmental projects: the Elwha River.

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Wild Vs. Hatchery Fish
5:24 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wild Fish In Gene Banks, Hatchery Fish In Elwha — Why The Two-Headed Strategy?

Bellamy Pailthorp

Washington state has banned hatchery-raised steelhead from three tributaries of the Upper Columbia River basin. The aim of these so-called "gene banks" is to maintain strongholds for wild fish, and the state plans to designate additional gene banks in the future.

So why were the state and federal governments back in court this week, defending the decision to place a new hatchery on the Elwha River as part of the dam removal process?

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

With Second Dam Nearly Gone, New Era Blossoming On The Elwha River

Courtesy of John Gussman

The slow-motion demolition of two hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River is radically changing the landscape near Port Angeles, but it’s not a scene you can witness on your own. 

Just a handful of dedicated photographers and filmmakers have been given permission to place their cameras at key posts near the Glines Canyon Dam to capture the changes as crews of skilled technicians carefully notch into the concrete walls and place dynamite in just the right places.

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Environment
5:01 am
Tue November 26, 2013

With One Dam Gone, Life Returns to Elwha River

Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It’s been called the most significant environmental story of this century: the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River, near Port Angeles.

The project is only partly done; Elwha Dam, one of two structures holding back salmon and steelhead runs, has been fully removed, and the other, Glines Canyon Dam, will be out next fall. But the landscape is already changing dramatically.

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Elwha River restoration
9:31 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Wild-fish groups to sue over Elwha River hatchery

One of the dams to be destroyed in the Elwha River restoration project. A fish hatchery slated to be part of the restoration has raised concerns.

SEATTLE — Wild-fish advocates say they plan to sue federal and Washington state agencies over a fish hatchery built as part of the Elwha River restoration project.

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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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