It’s a bad time for dams in the Pacific Northwest. We’re tearing quite a few of the bastards down.
Last year, my intrepid companion and I found ourselves up in the Olympic Mountains just in time for the Last Dam Summer. The dams on the Elwha River were no longer needed nor wanted, and they were about to come down. So we made a point of going up while the dams still stood and got some nice before shots:
So that was August 2010. What a difference a year and some heavy construction (in this case, I suppose it’s deconstruction) equipment makes!
The Elwha River Restoration project is removing two dams, letting the river flow free for the first time in 100 years. The other dam coming down is the Elwha. Love watching a dam get busted!
For you folks who like squidgy things, here’s a nice video talking about the fishies.
Might have to see if my intrepid companion wants to head up there next summer. Nice, lovely nekkid reservoir, slight chance of seeing some geology before all the damned biology overruns it. That’s what I’m talking about!