Tuesday, September 25, 2012

River Talk

Fourteen-day pause in the blasting schedule at Glines Canyon Dam, to give the river time to work on the newly exposed silt. (This would be more effective if it would ever start raining...) The dam removal blog has a video of the first several explosions in the middle of September.

When MP was here early in the month, we went to look at the fish trap in Little River, one of the tributaries above the former Elwha Dam (and below Glines Canyon). Water-flow was so low the trap wasn't operating, but we saw salmon coming upstream. One seemed to be defending a redd. Her tail was all broomed out, and she kept lurking under a log, then darting out to chase away other fish. Big fish, past the Elwha dam for the first time in a hundred years.

Here's a fresh image of the mouth of the river, from Roorda Aerial.

The mouth of the Elwha, September 22, 2012 (thank you, Tom Roorda (Click for larger image.)

Still not entirely sure how they are going to get a whole dam's worth of debris out of the area behind the dam. Keep watching the dam cams.

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