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 »

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams

Since September, Glines Canyon Dam has been notched down 32 feet (at 210 feet tall, it’s the tallest dam ever removed). This photo was taken on Dec 15. Deconstruction kicks back into action today at the Elwha River dams, after a planned work stoppage since Nov. 1 (crews paused their sediment-releasing dam removal work to protect… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday

Elwha River in the gorge just downstream of Elwha Dam. Photo by Thomas O’Keefe. We’re making history this Saturday. That’s when the biggest dam removal ever begins on Washington’s Elwha River. It’s a major river restoration effort, and the world will be watching. It isn’t every day we get to celebrate a success like this…. Read more »

Year of the River video project: Elwha River dam removal

One of the greatest restoration projects is starting September 17 with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River. Be sure to check out our Year of the River page where we’ll be posting photos and a live video stream of the ceremony in the coming week. The world’s biggest dam removal begins this… Read more »

Actor Tom Skerritt to celebrate Elwha River restoration

This blog post is part of a series on restoring rivers and dam removal that we are sharing as we are nearing one of the greatest river restoration projects with the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, September 17. Learn more about that project at www.AmericanRivers.org/YearoftheRiver. Actor and American Rivers board… Read more »

What will the Elwha dam removal mean for whitewater boating?

Guest blog post by Tom O’Keefe Tom O’Keefe is the Pacific Northwest stewardship director for American Whitewater. I’m excited about the Elwha River restoration because it will offer new opportunities to enjoy the recreational opportunities of a restored river. The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula as it cuts through several… Read more »