In the fall of 2011, the largest dam removal projects in history began on the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington. Here’s an amazing video by Andy Maser and Barney Bonito that beautifully captures this historic year for rivers:
The removal of the two dams on the Elwha River is expected to take three years. When complete, all five specifies of Pacific Salmon will reclaim 70 miles of pristine habitat for the first time in 100 years. Already, wild salmon and steelhead have begun to reclaim 33 miles of habitat that had been previously cut off.