The planned removal of two hydroelectric dams on Washington’s Elwha River promises improved salmon runs, better wildlife habitat, and more tourism. Perhaps more important, it may provide a model for future Far West dam removals, such as on the troubled Klamath and Snake Rivers.
_Hundreds of small dams have been torn out around the country in recent years, but none as high as the 210-foot-high Glines Canyon, the taller of the two on the Elwha.
"On this scale, in this type of river, it's a first, says Mike McHenry, fish habitat manager for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, whose reservation straddles the river. "We're entering an era where a lot of dams will probably be removed."_