Articles tagged Elwha Dam Removal

Aug. 26, 2014, 1 a.m.

Rafting The Dam-Free Elwha

Take a ride on a stretch of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park that's been dammed for more than 100 years.

Aug. 22, 2014, 6:43 a.m.

A Visit To The Largest Elwha River Dam In Its Final Moments

On the Olympic Peninsula, just 30 feet of concrete dam stand between the Elwha River and its freedom. Next week, it'll be gone.

April 14, 2014, 8:50 a.m.

New Beaches Form At Mouth Of Elwha River

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that between November 2012 and September 2013, about 3.3 million cubic yards of sediment have been washed into the Strait of Juan de Fuca after dams were removed from the Elwha River.

March 11, 2014, 4 a.m.

An Undammed River's Sediment Brings New Life Downstream

Today the Elwha looks like a free-flowing river. Recent storms have submerged the remaining 25 or so feet of the Glines Canyon dam.

Jan. 27, 2014, 2 p.m.

Video: Blowing Stuff Up On The Elwha

The largest dam removal in U.S. history just got even cooler. Check out the latest video from the wilds of Olympic National Park.

Sept. 9, 2013, 6:58 a.m.

Salmon Heading To Spawn Past Elwha Dam Site

For the second year in a row, salmon are swimming in streams above the site of the former Elwha Dam.

July 11, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Elwha Hatchery Loses Half Its Fish

200,000 hatchery coho are dead after a pump failure over the weekend. The hatchery had been relying on the secondary pump after repairs were needed on a new water treatment facility that was constructed to provide water during the Elwha Dam removal.

May 9, 2013, 6 a.m.

Which Fish Get To Recolonize After Elwha's Dams Are Gone?

Fish are making their way into parts of the Elwha River that have been locked away above two dams for 100 years. But which fish should be allowed to recolonize the Elwha - just wild fish, or hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead, too?

May 8, 2013, 8:59 a.m.

Elwha River: Recovery Proceeds Despite Sediment Setbacks

Massive amounts of sediment have been released from above the two dams that are being removed on the Olympic Peninsula. But despite some technical challenges, there is new life and new habitat emerging on the Elwha River this spring.

April 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

Sediment Woes For Port Angeles Water Treatment Facility Put Elwha Dam Removal On Hold

The largest dam removal in history is on hold because massive amounts of sediment released from above the dams have clogged a nearby city’s water treatment facilities.

Jan. 16, 2013, 12:21 p.m.

Departing Interior Secretary Leaves Big Northwest Footprint

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announces he will step down from his post in March. He'll leave behind a number of initiatives that affected the way public land and wildlife are managed in the Pacific Northwest.

Oct. 5, 2012, 9:13 a.m.

A Drone's Eye View of the Elwha River

Scientists have been looking at all angles of the Elwha River since deconstruction began on two dams just over a year ago. And now they're taking research to new heights. They’re securing a small camera to a 4-foot wide drone, which can flies as high as 500 feet over the river.

Aug. 21, 2012, 1:24 p.m.

Chinook Salmon Return to Undammed Elwha River

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Chinook salmon have returned to the undammed portion of the Elwha River. [The Peninsula Daily News]( "") reports adult chinook salmon -- also known as king salmon -- were observed Monday on the Elwha River about two miles upstream from the boundary of Olympic National Park.

April 30, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

Sediment From Elwha River Begins To Enter Sea

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Backed up for decades, murky sediment from the newly liberated Elwha River has begun to form a plume as it empties into the blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

April 17, 2012, 3 a.m.

Undamming the Elwha: The Documentary

The EarthFix/KCTS 9 original documentary _Undamming the Elwha_ follows the journey of the Elwha River from the day it was dammed to the day it was set free once again.

Jan. 23, 2012, 1 a.m.

Empire of Dirt Gives Way to the Return of the Salmon

It’s been four months since the largest dam removal in U.S. history began on the Elwha River. For nearly a century, two dams blocked the flow of the Elwha from the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Now the river is close to running free. As part of our ongoing coverage of the Elwha Restoration, Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell have this update.

Nov. 7, 2011, 9:46 p.m.

Showing Coho the Upper Elwha River

Standing on the banks of the Elwha River on a crisp November afternoon, Mel Elofson eased a slippery pink coho salmon into the cold, green water and watched it swim away. And with that, the first coho returned to the middle section of the river since the 108-foot Elwha Dam was completed in 1913.

Nov. 2, 2011, 10:26 p.m.

Elwha Dam Removal Breaks For Fish Migration

The largest dam deconstruction effort attempted in North America is on pause for the next few months.That’s because the first scheduled “fish window” just opened on the Elwha River dam removal project in Olympic National Park.

Nov. 2, 2011, 6 p.m.

Fix Your Coordinates: Where To Go To Witness Elwha Dam Removal

The best place to see dam demolish firsthand is at an overlook near the Elwha Dam, which is about five miles from the mouth of the river west of Port Angeles. Here’s how to get there...

Sept. 18, 2011, 1 a.m.

All Eyes on the Elwha as Dam Removal Begins

The largest dam removal project and second largest environmental restoration effort in U.S. history officially begins.

Aug. 19, 2011, 1 a.m.

Series: Undamming the Elwha

Our Undamming the Elwha series features multimedia pieces covering different aspects of preparing for the Elwha River dam removal.

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