SchwartzReport: Undamming Rivers…

03 Environmental Degradation, 12 Water, Civil Society, Ethics, Government
Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz

Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers: How We’re Undoing the Damage

The largest dam-removal project in history reached completion last fall, when excavators dredged the final tons of pulverized concrete from the Elwha River channel in Western Washington. Native fish, banished for 100 years from their historic spawning habitat, already were rediscovering the Elwha’s newly accessible upper stretches. Within weeks of the final explosion in August, threatened bull trout and chinook salmon were spotted migrating beyond the rubble.