Sunday, September 5, 2010

Elwha Contracts Granted

With the dam removal process on the Elwha River scheduled to start in September 2011, the National Park Service last week granted contracts worth $27 million to do the removal to a Montana company.The Elwha once supported all five species of pacific salmon and was home to some of the largest Chinook in the world, however since 1910 Elwha dam has blocked anadromous access to over 72 miles of habitat since 1910 all but exterminating once abundant wild salmon. Most of the Elwha system is protected within the Olympic National Park and biologists are optimistic that, given time the rivers once abundant salmon will return.

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