Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Elwha Dams One Step Closer To Removal

Starting today operators at Elwha Dam will power down it's generators for the final time in preparation for the start of the dam removal process later this summer. Dam removal on the Elwha will be the largest river restoration and salmon recovery project ever implemented. The project has been over a decade in the making and is projected to cost about $ 325 million. With more than 90 miles of pristine spawning habitat reopened to wild salmon and steelhead the project should have tremendous benefits for wild fish however there are concerns about plans to continue hatchery releases during the restoration. In particular the tribe's plan to continue releasing 60,000 non-native chambers creek hatchery steelhead throughout the fishing moratorium. More information on the removal and the powering down of the generators in the Seattle PI:

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