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Tag: Elwha River restoration


The Elwha Dam is gone

The Elwha Dam no longer exists. That’s the news from Olympic National Park.

Here is the news release:

Crews continue to excavate the river channel just upstream of the former Elwha Dam, slowly lowering the river bed to its original elevation and draining the remaining reservoir. The material being excavated now is primarily rock and gravel, much of which was added to the channel after the dam failed in 1912. Contractors have another ten feet to go before they reach the original elevation of the river bed of 100 feet.

Material excavated from the channel is being used to

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Latest update on Elwha River dam removal

Here is an update from Olympic National Park on the work to remove two dams on the Elwha River:

As steady progress continues on dismantling the two Elwha dams, the canyons once blocked by the dams are coming into view.

Elwha Dam

Crews are nearly done removing the concrete gravity dam that filled the river’s original channel, and will soon begin to slowly return the river back to its original channel.

This final diversion will take place over a number of weeks, as contractors carefully control the flow by positioning and repositioning large boulders in the channel. During the

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Morning glow during the Elwha dam removal process

Work continues to remove the two dams on the lower Elwha River.

This wbecam image is of this morning’s sunrise over the Lake Aldwell delta. As the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams are lowered, the upper reaches of each reservoir are slowly tranforming from lake to river.

Click here for more information on the dam removal process.