20 Sep '11, 4pm

The largest dam removal ever in the US has begun in Washington State. What does this mean for salmon?

A symbolic turn for salmon habitat restoration in Washington State was marked over the weekend as government officials, tribal members, scientists and engineers gathered for the beginning of the largest dam removal ever in the United States. Two hydroelectric dams are to be dismantled, restoring the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula to its natural course. Among those attending was Gov. Christine Gregoire, who had a message for the fish that once crowded the river. “Welcome back to the salmon,” she said. “We want you to live free again.” The Elwha Dam, which dates to 1910, and the Glines Canyon Dam, built in 1927, once supplied power to the timber and paper industries of the city of Port Angeles. But, as my colleague William Yardley reported in July , they were erected in an era that valued hydroelectric power more than fish habitat. Dam removal has been progressing piec...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/farewell-dams-h...

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thedailygreen.com 17 Sep '11, 3pm

Across the nation, abandoned or disused or ill-constructed dams act as barriers to the natural flow of rivers and river li...