elwha river

Elwha Dam Removal
8:06 am
Tue August 26, 2014

A Trip Down The Un-Dammed Elwha River

Now that the dams are gone, rafters are enjoying the changing Elwha River.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

This week the Elwha River – on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – will flow freely once again. Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years.

But thanks to the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, the lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam should be blown up Tuesday.

Our EarthFix reporter, Ashley Ahearn, headed out to the Elwha and reports that the river is returning to life.

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