Archive for September 25th, 2008

Exciting dam removal video

One of the grandest gestures we humans in Western Washington can make for endangered orcas and salmon is to finally remove the Elwha dams.  The result would be a wonderful experiment in salmon restoration, as well as sediment dynamics.

I remember thinking that the removal was just a couple years away when I lived in Port Angeles for a couple months in 2002. For a LONG while we’ve all been thinking that the Elwha dam removal would be imminent.

I also imagined it would be more or less unprecedented.  Yet, today I learned that our neighbors in Oregon have set a remarkably good precedent by breaching the Marmot Dam on the Sandy River, a tributary of the lower Columbia near Portland.  This video of the river removing the dam in a single day should give us all hope in the current plan (sic) to let the Elwah sediment be transported naturally by the river.

How shall we help catalyze similar progress in Washington?

Thanks to the latest edition of Wild Salmon & Steelhead News for spreading the good news.

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