Information portal on Elwha Watershed and Dam Removal


As preparations are being made to dismantle the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in 2009, the University of Idaho has developed a web portal with information on dam removal and watershed restoration. According to the website, the Elwha Watershed Information Resource, "...will integrate ecological and socioeconomic information that describes the physical environment, biological and human communities, and management issues in the Elwha watershed."

The website aims to facilitate information sharing to prepare and facilitate sound restoration of Elwha River after removal of the two dams that have been blocking salmons runs for almost a century. The website explains the impacts the dams have had on the watershed and the people. It contains scientific data and maps relating to management issues such as forestry, habitat, and land use.

HRC member and chair American Rivers was a partner in developing this web portal and has long been involved in the Elwha project.