Give Gifts Top Banner

Home » Planet » Removing the Elwha Dam

Get a FREE Issue. Yes! I want to try YES! Magazine

Nonprofit. Independent. Subscriber-supported. DONATE. How you can support our work.

YES! by Email
Join over 78,000 others already signed up for FREE YES! news.

The YES! ChicoBag(R). Full-size tote that fits in your pocket!

Planet  |  Ecosystems  |  Water

Removing the Elwha Dam

Plans to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state begin with the removal of a dam that's stood for almost a century.
Document Actions


Video courtesy of MrAlanDurning

Elwha Dam 1914 by Asahel Curtis

The Elwha Dam after completion in 1914

Photo by Asahel Curtis, courtesy of UW Digital Collections

The hydroelectric power produced by the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams (completed in the early 1900s) was, at the time, a significant source of electricity for nearby Port Angeles and other small towns in the area.

Unfortunately, they also had a negative effect on the wildlife habitats of the Elwha River.

In September 2011 deconstruction began on the Elwha Dam as part of a three year project to remove both dams and restore the Elwha River to a free-flowing state. By opening up more than 70 miles of the river and its tributaries it is hoped salmon populations will increase dramatically and the ecosystems return to a health they haven't seen in a century.

Read more about the Elwha Dam removal in YES! Magazine's Winter 2012 Issue!


Email Signup
Comment on this article

How to add a commentCommenting Policy

comments powered by Disqus

You won’t see any commercial ads in YES!, in print or on this website.
That means, we rely on support from our readers.

||   SUBSCRIBE    ||   GIVE A GIFT   ||   DONATE   ||
Independent. Nonprofit. Subscriber-supported.

Issue Footer

Personal tools