National Parks: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe hails dam removal

"It often seems that concerned citizens must make sure their voices are heard to protect our national parks for future generations – to make sure national parks are still around for our children and grandchildren. But on rare occasions we can celebrate activities that will actually make the parks better than how we experienced them.

The removal of the two dams on the Elwha River is one of these rare opportunities. So in three, ten, 30, 100 hundred years from now, our children and grandchildren will find it incomprehensible that the Elwha River, teaming with salmon and other wildlife, was once choked by not one, but two huge dams preventing the salmon from reaching their final destination.

The impediment presented by those two dams impacted the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and hurt the ecosystem of Olympic National Park. The recent celebration was the right thing to do."

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David Graves: Groundbreaking Of Elwha River Restoration At Olympic National Park Something To Remember (National Parks Traveler 9/30)

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