Rebirth of a river

13 miles upstream from the mouth of the Elwha River, the Glines Canyon Dam impounded the Lake Mills reservoir and generated electricity for northern Washington. At least, it did from 1927 to 2011, when the federal government started to blast the dam away piece by piece as part of the Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Project. This project, the largest dam removal in history, reverted Lake Mills back to its natural state: a small part of the Elwha River. The photos above span 2009 to 2017, illustrating this progression.

Glen Low