A film screening and panel discussion on wolf recovery will be sponsored by Conservation Northwest, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Woodland Park Zoo at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on Thursday. Donny Martorello of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand on…More
With a big shot of dynamite, the last of Lake Mills drained through what’s left of Glines Canyon Dam last week. There’s still about 50 feet of the Glines Canyon Dam standing. But the last of the once 210-foot-tall structure will be gone by May.
Today the river crashes over what’s left of the dam in a waterfall. And while there is still a mixture of water and sediment that can’t get past the remaining concrete yet, there are no more reservoirs on the Elwha. “She’s all river now,” Andy Ritchie, restoration hydrologist for the National Park Service said with a big smile.
Lake Aldwell, the former reservoir above Elwha Dam, disappeared last March, along with that dam.
The pace and scope of change has been breathtaking, as this amazing pairing of aerial photos by photographer John Gussman shows. Gussman is making a documentary film about the Elwha. He got started before dam removal began, and his comprehensive documentation of the river, the dams, and the watershed as the world’s largest dam removal ever unfolds is invaluable. To see more of his work, check his website.
Here is a heck of a before and after for you:
Glines Canyon Dam and Lake Mills, before and after.
John Gussman, photosMore
Residents of the J, K, and L pod of orca whales have visited local waters three times already this month, from Admiralty Inlet to the south end of Vashon Island, where they were seen last weekend. “Any time after Oct. 1 is fair game,” said Brad Hanson, wildlife biologist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center…More
Come meet the editorial team at a kickoff event today for the new online Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and hear a panel discussion about the challenge of managing and harnessing information in a complex ecosystem recovery effort, such as restoring and protecting Puget Sound. A painted turtle, one of many images…More
Since 1926, the glittering blue of Lake Mills has been a landmark — albeit an artificial one — of the Northwest landscape. Lake Mills, the reservoir behind Glines Canyon Dam, was actually at the root of the legal case to tear down the Elwha dams: the reservoir intruded into the boundary of Olympic National Park….More
Eugene Hunn is back with a beautiful new birding book, and best of all it is a detailed look at the birds right here, close to home. Richly illustrated with photographs and maps, the book belongs in the backpack and bookshelf of nature lovers and hikers of all sorts, not just birders. It’s an accessible, useful…More
Now is our time when salmon are returning to the watersheds of Puget Sound. Even urban streams are showing the benefit of restoration work, with fish returning to their home waters. A chum salmon returns to Piper’s Creek at Carkeek Park. Photo by Alan Berner of The Seattle Times. This weekend, celebrate the 40th anniversary…More
From tattoos to Coast Salish art, nature is a source of imagery and inspiration for the human imagination. An exploration on capturing nature in art and other media will be offered Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, where ten experts from the University of Washington and beyond have six…More
The environmental group Oceana has produced a new film narrated by Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of the great undersea naturalist, Jacques Cousteau. A senior adviser to Oceana, Cousteau said she learned to dive in the Mediterranean from her grandfather when she was about 7 years old — in places that today look nothing like…More
Friends of Green Lake have blown the whistle on potentially toxic algae bloom in the lake, leading to a closure of the lake to some uses. Gayle Garman, president of Friends of Green Lake notes that it was monitoring of the lake’s water quality by the group that first alerted Seattle Parks and Recreation to…More