This story from the AP details some of the changes already occurring to the Elwha River and its estuary after the removal of the Elwha Dam and most of the Glines Canyon Dam beginning in 2011. Chinook salmon and steelhead have been swimming up into the reaches of the Elwha River and its tributaries upstream of the Elwha Dam for the first time in nearly a century.
Once flows drop, crews can begin removing the remaining 30 feet of the Glines Canyon Dam. They expect to be done by the end of the year and the Elwha River will truly be free once again. Don’t forget to check out these amazing images of the biggest dam removal in the world (so far!).