Removing the Elwha Dam
Video courtesy of MrAlanDurning
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!
- A Watershed Runs Through You
The struggle to bring back endangered salmon draws one community into a new commitment to the well-being of its watershed
- Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath
How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won.
- Sustaining Watersheds
Northwest communities doing the nitty-gritty work of making sustainability happen.
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