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Postcards from Hong Kong


A River Runs Through It - Again

Our national parks are spectacular classrooms that change lives and fundamentally link our national and natural heritage. They remind us that people and places evolve interdependently, evident in the nation's largest dam removal project in the heart of Olympic National Park

According to a recent story on QUEST, featuring field science educators from NatureBridge, "The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, which has relied on the river for sustenance and its spiritual traditions for thousands of years, has been fighting for nearly 100 years to have the dams removed. In the early 1990s, Congress finally authorized dam removal as a way to help restore the river and its salmon runs."

With funding secured two decades later, the dam removal process has become a learning process for scientists and water experts, as aging infrastructure across the nation will result in many more dam removals in the near future. 

The story is also an inspiring tale of resilience, for the entire ecosystem, from the salmon, to the landscape, to the local tribes and visitors that admire the stunning beauty of Olympic National Park.

Checkout these photos from my most recent visit to Olympic National Park in May 2013. The album includes pictures I took on the banks of the Elhwa River. It was remarkable to see how the water clarity changed from the headwaters to the delta. I also hiked Mount Storm King, the shores of Lake Crescent, and Marymere Falls, taking lots of pictures on my iPhone of the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula.