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The Elwha River: Roaring back to life

In a special report for The Seattle Times, reporter Lynda V. Mapes tells the story of the resurgence of the Elwha River ecosystem, which is benefiting hugely from the largest dam removal project in human history, completed two years ago. “Today the river roars through the tight rock canyon once plugged by Elwha Dam, and surges past the bald, rocky hill where the powerhouse stood,” Mapes writes. “The hum of the generators is replaced by the river singing in full voice, shrugging off a century of confinement like it never happened. Nature’s resurgence is visible everywhere.”