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Articles tagged Elwha

March 11, 2014, 4 a.m.

An Undammed River's Sediment Brings New Life Downstream

Today the Elwha looks like a free-flowing river. Recent storms have submerged the remaining 25 or so feet of the Glines Canyon dam.

Oct. 23, 2013, 10 a.m.

Watch Awesome Salmon Footage From The Elwha

Whew, ok, we're a little excited. But this video from John Gussman is RAD. The Elwha dam removal, taking place in Washington's Olympic National Park, has been an inspiring story to cover. Now the chinook salmon are coming home and they are magnificent.

Sept. 9, 2013, 6:58 a.m.

Salmon Heading To Spawn Past Elwha Dam Site

For the second year in a row, salmon are swimming in streams above the site of the former Elwha Dam.

July 11, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Elwha Hatchery Loses Half Its Fish

200,000 hatchery coho are dead after a pump failure over the weekend. The hatchery had been relying on the secondary pump after repairs were needed on a new water treatment facility that was constructed to provide water during the Elwha Dam removal.

Aug. 21, 2012, 1:24 p.m.

Chinook Salmon Return to Undammed Elwha River

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Chinook salmon have returned to the undammed portion of the Elwha River. [The Peninsula Daily News]( "") reports adult chinook salmon -- also known as king salmon -- were observed Monday on the Elwha River about two miles upstream from the boundary of Olympic National Park.

June 7, 2012, 2 p.m.

Podcast: Fishy Features, Oregon Energy Plans And More

We've got some fishy features for you this week. Hear about hatchery science: breeding a better fish. And get the latest from the recovering Elwha River. We've also got quick hit news headlines from around the region including stories about Oregon's new energy plan, a rash in sea lion shootings, DIY herbicide testing and more.

June 5, 2012, 6:42 a.m.

Spring Brings New Life To Washington's Recovering Elwha River

On the Olympic Peninsula the largest dam removal project in history is well underway, and the Elwha River is starting to show signs of life -- salmon in the river's upper reaches -- not seen here for nearly a century.

April 30, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

Sediment From Elwha River Begins To Enter Sea

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Backed up for decades, murky sediment from the newly liberated Elwha River has begun to form a plume as it empties into the blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

April 17, 2012, 3 a.m.

Undamming the Elwha: The Documentary

The EarthFix/KCTS 9 original documentary _Undamming the Elwha_ follows the journey of the Elwha River from the day it was dammed to the day it was set free once again.

Nov. 7, 2011, 9:46 p.m.

Showing Coho the Upper Elwha River

Standing on the banks of the Elwha River on a crisp November afternoon, Mel Elofson eased a slippery pink coho salmon into the cold, green water and watched it swim away. And with that, the first coho returned to the middle section of the river since the 108-foot Elwha Dam was completed in 1913.

Nov. 2, 2011, 10:26 p.m.

Elwha Dam Removal Breaks For Fish Migration

The largest dam deconstruction effort attempted in North America is on pause for the next few months.That’s because the first scheduled “fish window” just opened on the Elwha River dam removal project in Olympic National Park.

Nov. 2, 2011, 6 p.m.

Fix Your Coordinates: Where To Go To Witness Elwha Dam Removal

The best place to see dam demolish firsthand is at an overlook near the Elwha Dam, which is about five miles from the mouth of the river west of Port Angeles. Here’s how to get there...

Sept. 18, 2011, 1 a.m.

All Eyes on the Elwha as Dam Removal Begins

The largest dam removal project and second largest environmental restoration effort in U.S. history officially begins.

Aug. 19, 2011, 1 a.m.

Series: Undamming the Elwha

Our Undamming the Elwha series features multimedia pieces covering different aspects of preparing for the Elwha River dam removal.

Aug. 18, 2011, 1 a.m.

What Are Your Elwha Stories?

Aug. 16, 2011, 1 a.m.

Otters Connect the Elwha's Salmon to the Olympics' Forests

Scientists want to know more about how river otters transfer marine nutrients to the forest ecosystem. The Elwha watershed is the perfect laboratory, with its population of otters ready to prey on upriver salmon once a dam-removal project is complete. (Undamming the Elwha: Part II)

Aug. 15, 2011, 10 p.m.

Scientists Measure What Dams Have Done to the Elwha

The Elwha River flows from the heart of Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But unlike other rivers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, you won’t find salmon beyond the Elwha's first five miles because it’s been dammed for nearly a century. Big change is coming to the Elwha, though, when the world's biggest dam removal begins there next month. (Undamming the Elwha: Part I)