EPISODE 48: THE ELWHA RIVER: Taking Down the Dams
TODAY OCTOBER 5 AT 5PM AND SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 AT 2PM ON APTN
The removal of the Glines Canyon Dam and the Elwha Dam, a smaller downstream dam, began in late 2011. Three years later, salmon are migrating past the former dam sites, trees and shrubs are sprouting in the drained reservoir beds, and sediment once trapped behind the dams is rebuilding beaches at the Elwha's outlet to the sea. For many, the recovery is the realization of what once seemed a far-fetched fantasy. Robert Eloefsen takes us on a tour and explains how it all came about.