While the countdown continues to the breach of Condit Dam on October 26th, another huge dam removal project is progressing on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River. The removal of two dams on the Elwha is being called the largest river restoration event in history–involving the removal of two massive dams to restore salmon and steelhead spawning habitat cut off for nearly 100 years.
The project appears to be progressing well–with water now flowing over or around both structures.
The two dams on the Elwha are being removed gradually over a 3-year period, with breaks taken in the project during particularly sensitive times for salmon and steelhead. It will be interesting to keep and eye on the Elwha to see how this slower removal process compares to the more rapid approach planned for Condit.
Stay tuned for more on the Elwha as the project develops: Seattle Times Special Report.