The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo51° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi66° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo44° Mostly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi67° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo46° Mostly Clear

Monday

Hi68° Sunny

Monday Night

Lo47° Slight Chance Showers

Tuesday

Hi59° Slight Chance Showers

Tuesday Night

Lo46° Slight Chance Showers then Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi66° Partly Sunny

After the dams fell: Elwha River’s ecosystem is changing faster than predicted

Send to Kindle
Print This

The final chunks of concrete are expected to fall this September in the nation’s largest dam-removal project, but nature is already reclaiming the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

So much sediment, once trapped in reservoirs behind two hydroelectric dams, has flowed downstream that it has dramatically reshaped the river’s mouth, replenished eroding beaches and created new habitat for marine creatures not observed there in years.

Meanwhile, Chinook salmon and steelhead have been streaming into stretches of the Elwha River…

View my options or Sign in