On 26 August 2014, on a remote stretch of the Elwha River in northwestern Washington state, USA, a demolition crew hired by the National Park Service detonated a battery of explosives within the remaining section of the Glines Canyon Dam. The blasts destroyed the last 30 feet of the 210-foot-high dam and signalled the culmination of the largest dam-removal project in the world.
Read the full article on the project at the National Geographic Society’s website.
For further background on this project:
- visit the The U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Elwha River Restoration page.
- visit the Vimeo page of Return of the River, a feature documentary that tells the story of the Elwha River dam removal and river restoration project.
This epic project is a reminder that lake and river restoration and dam decommissioning is not a “Green fantasy”. It is normative, and there is a great deal of activity and proposed activity worldwide. For further information, see our Restoration: local and global page