Dam Removal

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  • In September 2011 with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and around two hundred other people in attendance, members of the Elwha Klallam tribe held a ceremony that blessed the large piece of earth-moving equipment that was to tear down two dams and set the Elwha River free. The larger dam was 210 feet tall. Removal was budgeted at $325 million for the three-year project that would return the river to its natural state and revive salmon runs, hopefully to the level they were before construction of the dams a century ago. The dam project was not the first, but it was the largest of the one thousand projects that took down dams across the United States in the past fifty years.

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