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Water treatment problems put Elwha dam removal on hold until summer

March 27th, 2013 - 6:21am

(Port Angeles) -- Work to remove a dam on the Elwha River is on hold until this summer.

Olympic National Park officials say problems with a water treatment plant has prompted them to put off taking down what's left of the Glines Canyon Dam until July.

The park service has hired a company to make corrections to a facility that treats water meant for industrial uses.

But heavy sediment has clogged the system, decreasing the output of the plant.

ONP superintendent Sarah Creachbaum says removal of the remaining 60 feet of Glines Canyon Dam will continue on hold.

Creachbaum says postponing removal longer will also postpone release of the projected highest sediment levels into the river and give contractors a better chance at fixing the problem.

A new work schedule for dam removal has not yet been finalized, but the project is scheduled for completion well before the contract ends in September 2014.

Dam removal was shut down last October.

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