USGS Science to Support the Elwha River Restoration Project
“Undamming the Elwha”
A 26 minute documentary film by Katie Campbell and Michael Werner that describes the Elwha project and the science activities taking place to track the restoration. This film was broadcast Nationwide on public television channels in April of 2012.
The New York Times
“Removal of Dams Expected to Replenish Salmon Population”
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Beginning late this summer, one of the most promising and pure acts of environmental restoration the region and the nation have ever seen will get under way here.
The Seattle Times
“Sediment from Elwha River begins to enter sea”
The Elwha River plume entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca is full of sediment. The higher than normal concentration is a result of the largest controlled release of sediment into a river and marine waters in recorded history.
“On the Elwha, a lunar landscape emerges”
Not all of the sediment that has accumulated in the reservoirs will be released downstream. The former reservoir bottoms are emerging and during the early phases are creating a bare landscape. However, a large replanting with native plants by the NPS and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is planned and volunteer colonists are arriving on their own.
“Elwha River reborn as landscape transforms”
The Elwha River is re-emerging as Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills reservoirs are drawn down in preparation for the beginning of dam removal in September.
“Elwha River finding its natural channel once more”
Already, the Elwha River is starting to look, well, like a river again, as the $350 million federal restoration program, including taking out Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, continues.
“Federal Dive Teams Conduct Underwater Study at Mouth of Elwha River”
News Release, August 4, 2011
“Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe following river otters, American dippers”
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission News Release, July 12, 2011
National Park Service
“Contractor Selected for Elwha Dam Removal”
The nation's largest dam removal begins September 17 on the Elwha River.
“Elwha Dam removal illustrates growing movement”
The largest dam demolition in the nation's history will begin Saturday when an excavator claws away at the concrete supports for Washington's 108-foot Elwha River Dam, a ceremonial act of destruction that will signal not only the structure's demise but the latest step in a broad shift in the way Americans are managing rivers.
“On the Elwha, A New Life When the Dam Breaks”
The nation's largest and most ambitious dam removal will begin this month, when workers start demolishing two antique dams on Washington state's Elwha River.
“Preparing for a New River”
The turquoise, snow-fed Elwha River crashes through the cedar forests of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.