Elwha Dam removal to be subject of free symposium

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is using the removal of the Elwha Dam as a backdrop for its second Elwha River Science Symposium.

The symposium, scheduled for August 20 – 24 at Peninsula College and NatureBridge Olympic Park in Washington, will feature presentations of scientific studies, as well as lectures from scholars in the fields of fisheries, biology, geomorphology, ecosystem health, river policy and dam removal.

Reclamation says the free event is being planned by members of the Elwha Research Consortium (ERC), which consists of government agencies, research and educational institutions, and community groups focused on understanding the social and ecological effects of dam removal and river restoration.

ERC includes Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, Olympic National Park, Elwha Nearshore Consortium, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Peninsula College, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

HydroWorld.com reported in January 2007 that the National Park Service was reviewing a plan to remove the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, saying that its removal was the only way to satisfy terms of the Elwha River Ecosystems and Fisheries Restoration Act of 1992.

Further information about the Elwha River Science Symposium can be found via the event’s website here, and the conference will also streamed live here.

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