Thursday, October 25, 2012
Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha is Almost Gone
Photo from the Elwha River Restoration Facebook page
While all the parties involved in the dam removal deserve a hearty congratulations, much work remains to be done to ensure that the rivers once robust populations of wild salmon and steelhead are able to make a full recovery. The recovery plan for the Elwha remains woefully inadequate, relying heavily on hatchery supplementation, ignoring the abundance of newly available habitat and the inherent ability of wild salmon and steelhead to recolonize habitats opened by dam removal. As long as industrial scale hatchery supplementation continues in the basin wild fish will never meet their full potential, a terrible shame considering the more than $300 million of taxpayer money that has funded the dam removal project.
More information in the Seattle Times:
and check out the progress at the Elwha Restoration Project website: