Blowing up the Glines Canyon Dam – Part 2

John Gussman’s next chapter in the adventure of taking out a dam on a major salmon spawning river.

Spring Brings New Life To Washington’s Recovering Elwha River – Earthfix

The work continues to restore the Elwha, and small changes in fish are already showing. I’ve talked to many people over the years about restoration, and many of them say the same thing, once a place is restored (or under way to restoration), nature starts working very quickly at times. While only showing up at the river’s estuary area, these are positive changes.


On the Olympic Peninsula the largest dam removal project in history is well underway, and the Elwha River is starting to show signs of life not seen here for nearly a century. There haven’t been salmon in the upper Elwha for almost 100 years. But that’s changing. Ashley Ahearn reports.

Glines gone in a year – PDN

The Glines Canyon Dam, the upper dam on the Elwha River, will be completely removed ahead of schedule between spring and summer 2013, federal officials said this week. The last remnants of the lower dam, the 108-foot Elwha Dam, which formed Lake Aldwell 5 miles upstream from the river’s mouth, were removed in March. Dam removal ahead of schedule:

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Restoration work planned on Ediz Hook this summer – PDN

Habitat restoration is planned on a 1,200-foot stretch of Ediz Hook this summer. The Lower Elwha ­Klallam tribe and state Department of Natural Resources will restore the “A-frame” site on the spit, a former log dump area that was used until the 1970s. It will be cleared of fill and existing structures during an eight-week period starting June 16.

Elwha sediment not just mud, it’s nourishment – Seattle Times

The sediment loads in the Elwha River are spiking because the reservoir behind former Elwha Dam is now completely gone. That means the settling of fines that used to occur in the lake is no longer happening so all that material is pouring into the river, and heading on down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca…. And while the amount of sediment is large — about 50 times normal levels for the Elwha — don’t call it mud. Sediment is a single word for a whole range of material that the river has been depositing behind the two dams for the past 100 years: rocks, gravel, cobble, sand, silt, and clay. About 40 percent of that material is expected to eventually make its way out to sea. Lynda Mapes at the Seattle Times explains.–_new_aerial_photos.html

Empire of Dirt Gives Way to the Return of the Salmon–KCTS

Elwha Love: Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn update the progress being made in Elwha restoration.

Elwha- Glines Canyon Dam removal begins – PDN

The Peninsula Daily News is right on top with today’s report on the first chip being removed from the Glines Canyon Dam. Dam removal work begins

A Jersey guy’s love for the Olympics – Seattle PI

Bill Bradley came to Seattle as a work destination, facing the Sonics as a New York Knicks forward, and later as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He happened to look across the water at a sight that continues to transfix even the most jaded among us locals.

“I had my personal exposure,” Bradley joked in an interview. “You look out during a Seattle sunset. You see mountains, and ask, ‘What is that?’ It’s the Olympics. What a backyard.”

Bradley was later to hike in the Olympic rainforest — “It is a special place in this country” — and to play a key role in enhancing that place. He midwifed legislation authorizing removal of two aged, salmon-destroying dams from the Elwha River, the greatest stream system on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Lake Aldwell behind Elwha Dam begins its descent -PDN

6/13 Peninsula Daily News
Lake Aldwell behind Elwha Dam begins its descent
By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The surface level of Lake Aldwell is no longer being manipulated by man.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday ceased management of the draw on the reservoir west of Port Angeles, Olympic National Park spokesman Dave Reynolds said.

“Everything is dependent on flow right now,” Reynolds said.

Water in the reservoir has dropped 18 feet since June 1, when the generators inside the Elwha Dam were turned off after 98 years of steadfast service.

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