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Restoration work starts again near upper Elwha dam

September 23rd, 2013 - 5:43am

(Port Angeles) Work has restarted on restoration of the Elwha near the last of a dam on the river.

The contractor on the project worked this weekend to prepare for a series of controlled blasts early this week near Glines Canyon Dam. The blasts will not affect the dam and will have a minimal effect on sediment release.

Park Service officials say the short series of blasts is designed to decrease the size of several large boulders left by a post-1926 rockfall. The boulders released by the rockfall now pose a barrier to upstream salmon migration.

The Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to all public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Additionally, all areas west and downhill of the Whiskey Bend Road are closed to public entry, with the exception of the Upper Lake Mills Trail and upper Lake Mills delta. The Elwha River within the Lake Mills area is closed to all boating.

Removal of the remaining 50 feet of Glines Canyon Dam is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Webcams of the Elwha River Restoration project are available through the Olympic National Park website (http://www.nps.gov/olym/)

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