Introduction: Jeff Duda, USGS

This is day 3 of the symposium, with a lot of conversation taking place already through presentations and field trips out to the restoration sites.

Back in 1992 is when Congress passed the act to allow the effort to start; work didn’t start until September 2011. Dam removal is becoming more and more common in the US. Elwha is unique because simultanous removal of two dams, one of which is in Olympic National Park.

People from all over the world have been following this project – through web cams, visiting the outlooks sites to watch the dam removal work. People have pondered what this place is going to look like in 5, 10, 100 years.

Folks are visiting former Lake Aldwell… sediment is being released down into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and showing a contrast of fresh and salt water.

Salmon and steelhead have been returning already to the river, reaching undammed portions of the river. It’s important to think about what is going on and why it’s important.

As a scientist, I’m paid to not only wonder what the future is going to be like, but our task is to think what information is going to be of value in 5, 10, 100 years. We’re trying to establish a legacy so the next generation has a foundation to help continue to tell this story of the Elwha River Restoration.

http://goo.gl/bwB2J is a link to go and check out all the work and information available about the work done on the Elwha River.

 

 

 

 

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