This clip shows how the beach at the mouth of the Elwha is being restored by the sediment load being flushed out from behind the Elwha dams.
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Narrated by Gary Farmer and filmed in Washington State from 1993 to 1999, “Unconquering the Last Frontier,” explores the causes and effects of the ongoing salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the Elwha River. The film was released in 2001/2 and has been honored by film festivals around the world. The film tells the story of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s struggle to survive in the shadow of hydropower development.
This is the rarely screened 101 minute feature film version; it is a multi-dimensional view of this landmark restoration effort and represents an important contribution to American documentary cinema.
The world's largest dam removal project in history is even bigger than originally thought.
Due to a mapping error the estimate of the sediment load impounded by the Elwha dams was off by a 10,000,000 cubic yards.
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Scientists have been looking at all angles of the Elwha River since deconstruction began on two dams just over a year ago. They’ve been testing turbidity, tracking river otters and conducting an ongoing salmon census.
And now they’re using remote-control planes to record high-definition video and thermal images. They’re securing a small camera to a 4-foot wide drone, which can flies as high as 500 feet over the river.
Footage provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.