For the second year in a row, salmon are swimming in streams above the site of the former Elwha Dam.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Chinook salmon have returned to the undammed portion of the Elwha River. [The Peninsula Daily News](http://is.gd/h5whq1 "") 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
The largest dam removal project and second largest environmental restoration effort in U.S. history officially begins.
Our Undamming the Elwha series features multimedia pieces covering different aspects of preparing for the Elwha River dam removal.