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 »

Elwha River Uplift

This is a guest blog by Dylan Tomine, originally published on his website and reprinted with permission. The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was… Read more »

Seeing the Elwha Restoration Begin

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, emceed by actor and American Rivers board member Tom Skerritt.  If you missed the live stream of… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall: NW – CA – SW

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha

On June 2 we will announce our 25th annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. As part of the report’s 25th anniversary, in addition to naming the ten endangered rivers for 2010, we will be featuring endangered river success stories. You’ll have to wait until next week to learn about all of the rivers, but… Read more »