Restoring the White Salmon and Elwha rivers

2011: The Year of the River

Keep informed on the latest information about dams, dam removals and protecting our rivers.


In a less than five months, some of the most exciting dam removal and river restoration efforts in our nation’s history will begin in Washington State. And we want you to be part of the celebration – sign up today.

On September 17, demolition will begin on two dams on the Elwha River. Tearing down these outdated dams will restore the river through Olympic National Park, boost salmon runs, and revitalize the culture and traditions of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. At 210 feet tall, the Elwha’s Glines Canyon Dam will be the biggest dam ever removed.

In October, removal of Condit Dam will begin on the White Salmon river, which flows into the Columbia. Salmon and steelhead will benefit, as will recreation opportunities. The river’s upper reach is already a nationally-recognized whitewater boating destination. Ten outfitters run commercial trips on the river, and at least 25,000 boaters use the river each year.

To add to the excitement, the United States will soon reach a significant milestone of 1000 dams removed. This is why American Rivers has named 2011 The Year of the River. Local support and momentum for river restoration is at an all-time high.

American Rivers has been at the forefront of making the removal of outdated dams a successful solution for restoring rivers and fisheries, protecting public safety, improving recreation, and helping local businesses.

Watch our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for Year of the River updates. And sign up to be part of the celebration on September 17. We’ll share live updates and video as these rivers come back to life!