Elwha Dam Removal Science Symposium and Field Trip
Project ID: 6959
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Bountry
Research Topic: Sediment Management and River Restoration
Priority Area Assignments: 2012 (Climate Adaptation), 2013 (Climate Adaptation)
Funded Fiscal Years: 2012
Keywords: research, technology transfer, dam removal, sediment
This proposal is aimed at helping to facilitate technology transfer to Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) research being accomplished on the largest dam removal and sediment management program in North American history on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington State.
Need and Benefit
Because of the large sedimentation volume involved, there are multiple unique field monitoring, analysis, and predictive tools being attempted on the Elwha River. Since there has not been a project of this scale before, the opportunity to learn what happened to fish and sediment as a result of the project is unprecedented and is not likely to occur again in the near future.
Reclamation staff has requested an opportunity to visit the Elwha River and learn about how the reservoir and river are responding to the dam removal, along with how the real-time nature of the adaptive management program is working (and lessons learned).
Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Summary of Elwha Science Symposium Event (final, PDF,
By Jennifer Bountry
Report completed on January 08, 2013
This information was last updated on April 19, 2015
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