Elwha River

Elwha River
9:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Snohomish County Executive, New Music Recommendation, And Lynda Mapes

The lower Elwha Dam is no more, but there are still questions about the eco recovery of this system.
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 Snohomish County's New Executive
Former Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick has been sworn in as the new Snohomish County Executive. He replaces former executive Aaron Reardon who left the office amid a series of scandals. Lovick said he hopes to “change the tone and tenor of county government” in his term. He talks about the challenges and opportunity awaiting him as Snohomish County Executive.

New Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists.  Branch out! Ma'Chell Duma LaVassar shares thoughts on the women of Northwest music, past and present. 
     
Elwha: River Reborn, A Conversation With Lynda Mapes
After decades of debate, the two dams on the Elwha River are down.  Scientists are watching to see if the traditional salmon runs return and how that will impact the ecosystem near this river on the Olympic Peninsula.  Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes has followed this story.  Her new book, “Elwha: River Reborn,” chronicles the history, the controversy and the aftermath of the dam removal.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

Restoring The Elwha
7:25 am
Thu May 9, 2013

In Largest Dam Removal In US History, Which Fish Get To Recolonize?

Field technicians with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe catch steelhead in a murky side channel near the mouth of the Elwha and prepare them to be transferred into pristine habitat above the former site of the lower dam.
Earthfix / Ashley Ahearn

From where Mike McHenry stands he can see several gray, torpedo-shaped bodies moving slowly through the brown water of this side channel of the Elwha River, not too far from the site of the largest dam removal project in US history.

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New Habitat Revealed
9:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Elwha River: Recovery Proceeds Despite Sediment Setbacks

The largest dam removal in US history has changed the face of Washington's Elwha River and scientists are trying to get a handle on what creatures are using the newly available habitat.
Earthfix / Ashley Ahearn

One of the two dams on the Elwha River has been completely removed and there are about 50 feet of the remaining Glines Canyon dam left. Already so much sediment has been released that it's clogged up and shut down one of the water treatment plants in nearby Port Angeles, temporarily halting the largest dam removal project in US history.

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Sediment Clogs Facility
7:32 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Sediment Woes For Port Angeles Water Treatment Facility Put Elwha Dam Removal On Hold

The $79 million facility was designed specifically to deal with the sediment released from above the dams during removal.

Removal of the two dams on the Elwha River has been temporarily halted because massive amounts of sediment released from above the dams have clogged a nearby city’s water treatment facilities.

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