Shoreline Living and Restoration

Moving Mountains: The Elwha River is still changing

September 6, 2018

When the two dams on the Elwah River were removed starting in 2011, it was the world’s largest project of that kind. Years later, the now free-flowing river continues to mend and reshape its surrounding environments. A new study documenting the changes in sediment was published in Nature this week. Co-authored by WSG Coastal Hazards Specialist Ian Miller, the research was done in collaboration with scientists from the United States Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. ...

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Incorporating people into restoration policy

August 21, 2018

“Protecting Puget Sound is not just about recovering certain species of fish. As the region continues to grow, it is also about protecting the livelihoods and diverse cultures of the people who live there, and balancing their needs with the needs of the natural world.”

Read about WSG and Puget Sound Partnership-funded research on how policy is shifting toward restoration projects that include input from more groups in this article from University of Washington News.

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How the Elwha Dam Removals Changed the River’s Mouth

January 18, 2018

Read in UW News

For decades, resource managers agreed that removing the two dams on the Elwha River would be a big win for the watershed as a whole and, in particular, for its anadromous trout and salmon. The dams sat on the river for more than 100 years, trapping approximately 30 million tonnes of sediment behind their concrete walls. As the dams were removed between 2012 and 2014, much of this sediment was released downstream — and ...

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Elwha River Update — Dramatic Changes Afoot

March 20, 2015

A paper in Geomorphology was just published on the dramatic changes that have come to the Elwha River delta following the removal of two dams and the restoration of natural sediment flow. The paper was coauthored by Washington Sea Grant’s (WSG) Coastal Hazards Specialist and resident geologist Ian Miller. Ian’s Port Angeles base gives him a ringside seat on this historic process. See “Large-scale dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington, USA: Coastal geomorphic change.”

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