Elwha River Dam Demolition Starts Again Sooner Than Expected

The Peninsula Daily News posted an article announcing that the fish window on the Elwha River has closed earlier than expected, so dam demolition will resume Dec. 19, instead of in January, as initially expected.

From the article:

(Barnard Construction) had to quit dam removal work temporarily Nov. 1, the concern being that any further lowering of the two dams’ reservoirs would harm fish through the release of sediment.

That hiatus was expected to last until the first of next year.

But an interagency team of biologists monitoring the return of fish to the Elwha River determined that the late fall runs of chum salmon had trickled to an end, Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park spokeswoman, said last week.