Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Elwah River Dam Removal Begins at Olympic National Park

September 16, 2011, 1:03 pm

History will be made today as the largest dam removal in the nation's history begins on the Elwha River.

An excavator equipped with a large hammer will chisel its way into the top of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam, marking the beginn­ing of the end of nearly a century of blocked fish passage.

The dam, located in Olympic National Park, will be the largest ever to be removed.

Demolition of its smaller and older cousin, the 108-foot-tall Elwha Dam, begins later this month.

The National Park Service is heading the $325 million dam removal project.

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