The Elwha flows out of the mountainous heart of Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Puget Sound. It once supported six species of Pacific salmon and steelhead and has been the home of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe since time immemorial. Dismantling the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams will allow the river to flow freely for the first time in 100 years, restoring over 70 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat.

At 210 feet tall, Glines Canyon Dam will be the tallest dam ever removed. American Rivers helped secure more than $50 million in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Elwha River restoration. Dam removal began Sept. 17, 2011, and is targeted for completion within 3 years.

American Rivers dubbed 2011 “The Year of the River” because our country will soon reach the significant milestone of 1000 dams removed nationwide. This is the third video in the Year of the River series - the first video explored the current Elwha River dam removal project and the second video looked at the White Salmon River restoration through the Condit Dam removal.

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