This video shows the final explosion that set the Elwha River in Washington State free. It is the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States.
The removal of the Glines Dam, along with the Elwha Dam, allowed the Elwha River to once again flow freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains. This video from John Gussman captures it all on tape.
As a result, the ecosystem along the river is being naturally restored. For the first time in 100 years, the native salmon and trout in the river are swimming past the dam sites with no obstruction.
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This is incredible news for both the ecosystem in the area and the anglers who fish the Elwha River. The removal of these two dams has truly brought this river back to life. In a world where wild areas are disappearing at an alarming rate, it is an incredible sight to watch one such place be restored to the natural glory it once enjoyed.
For more information on the Elwha River Restoration Project, click here.
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