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Elwha: A River Reborn

Itinerary and Availability Information


January 1 – April 1, 2016 – Booked
Terrebonne Parish Library
Houma, LA 70360

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Itinerary last updated: October 2015

Elwha Chinook return for their fall run to their hereditary spawning grounds, only to be blocked by Elwha Dam just 5 miles from the river mouth. Even after a century of futility the fish never stopped trying to come home.
Photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times.
Once regarded as unthinkable, “Free the Elwha” became a rallying cry. for a generation of activists determined to take out the dams.
Photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times.
Elwha dam removal is more than a fish story. It is an ecosystem-wide restoration, affecting the entire watershed, including 800 acres of home range habitat inundated by dam floodwaters that have been returned to elk and other wildlife.
Photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times.

For more information, please contact:
Mark R. Hand
Traveling Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 206-616-0268
E-mail: mrhand@u.washington.edu