The Peninsula Daily News posted an article about the recent meeting between Lower Elwha Klallam tribal chairwoman Frances Charles and National Park Service director Jon Jarvis on the progress of the Elwha Dams removal project.
From the article:
“The head of the National Park Service praised Lower Elwha Klallam tribal leaders for their support on the cusp of the largest dam removal project in the nation’s history.
“Without the tribe’s support . . . this would not have happened,” Park Service Director Jon Jarvis during the informal meeting on the Lower Elwha Klallam reservation just west of Port Angeles.
The tribe has been one of the strongest supporters of the 1992 Elwha River Restoration Act, which requires removal of the watercourse’s two dams to restore historic salmon runs.
After nearly two decades of planning, dismantling of the dams under the aegis of the Park Service, is slated to begin next year.
“It’s almost hard to believe that we are here,” said Jarvis, formerly the Park Service’s Pacific West Region director before being appointed by President Barack Obama as director of the nation’s national park system last fall.”