Progress report: Elwha River dam removal


One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit.

Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far:

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Earlier Snapshots

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Elwha Dam, September 26

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Elwha Dam, September 30

And watch this October 13 video by John Gussman of explosives blasting a diversion channel.

Here’s a look at Glines Canyon Dam (at 210 feet, Glines Canyon Dam is the tallest dam ever removed)

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Earlier Snapshots

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Glines Canyone Dam, September 21

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Glines Canyone Dam, October 5

Visit Olympic National Park’s dam removal blog for more updates, and watch our Year of the River page for more – the countdown is on for another big dam removal in the Pacific Northwest.

Just next week, a hole will be blasted in the base of the White Salmon River’s Condit Dam and the reservoir will drain in a matter of hours, kicking off another historic river restoration effort.

You can be sure we’ll be sharing more photos and video in the days and weeks to come!