With dams down, restored Elwha River mouth ‘a treasure – PDN

The Elwha recovery continues.

No one, not even among those studying the ecology of the Elwha River mouth, expected the degree of change seen there after the dams came down, according to a woman who has researched it for years. An area that once was little more than large cobbles is now a vast tract of quiet, sandy beach speckled with hundreds of seabirds and brushed by ocean waves. It contains pools constantly dimpled by the jumping of fish. Sometimes, looking at the acres of new beach — and the new life it now supports — she nearly cries, said Anne Shaffer, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Coastal Watershed Institute of Port Angeles. Arwyn Rice and Leah Leach report. (Peninsula Daily News)


See also:  Who owns new Elwha River land? Discussions begin about ownership, responsibilityhttp://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151108/news/311089974/who-owns-new-elwha-river-land-discussions-begin-about-ownership Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

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