Washington to Remove Two Elwha River Dams

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.

From USA Today:

_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."_