Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »

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: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… Read more »

Reflections on the Elwha dam removal ceremony

The day before the dam removal ceremony. Credit: Amy Kober Watch this post as a video blog I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams. I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam,… Read more »

Hiking Up the Biggest Dam Removal in History

Restoring the Elwha | National Park Service Before removal of Elwha Dam began in 2011, I wrote an essay for Wend Magazine about hiking up to the Elwha River’s headwaters. A short excerpt is below. Now the dam removal project is almost complete, and I still feel the same way — grateful to be a… Read more »

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. * First Name: * Last Name: * Email: ZIP: Yes! I want to learn more about issues affecting our nation’s rivers. Spam Control Text: In a less than five months, some of the most exciting… Read more »

River Art: Fish Made of Elwha Dam Rebar

Salmon art crafted from rebar removed from the Elwha Dam What to do with all of the debris created by a dam removal? Serena posted about this last month, and I wanted to add one more way to repurpose old dam bits and pieces. We made this fish art out of a piece of rebar… Read more »

Why is Restoring the Elwha River Important?

Glines Canyon Dam removal – Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS The world is watching as Washington’s Elwha River runs free. Bob Irvin, the President of American Rivers was recently interviewed by BBC’s Newsday for a story about the biggest dam removal in history. Dam removal began in 2011 and the final blast… Read more »

Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!

Demolition underway at 210 foot tall Glines Canyon Dam | Credit: Amy Kober It was really special to be a part of the Elwha dam removal celebration last weekend. These people and quotes have stuck with me, and I wanted to share them with you: Frances Charles, chairwoman of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: We’re… Read more »