High school students turn drained lake into classroom – King 5




Posted on November 8, 2010 at 6:44 PM


PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A group of Seattle High School students are among the first people in over 80 years to walk on the bottom of Lake Mills.

The lake is being drained in preparation for removal of the two Elwha dams scheduled to next fall. The draw downs are the most visible steps so far the in the 20-year process of approval for the removal.

The Nathan Hale High School team was invited to study the lakes, dams and rivers by the Olympic Institute, an environmental education group that hopes the students will help the story of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. The students are measuring the PH, flow and sediment levels in the river now so they compare them to levels after the removal.


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