Plume of Elwha’s undammed sediment is good news

By on May 1, 2012

A century’s worth of sediment is flowing from the site of a former reservoir Elwha River in Washington, a result of the first phase of the biggest dam removal in North America, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

The release is causing a dramatic brown plume in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Elwha River’s mouth, but scientists say the sediment’s arrival is welcome and should help rebuild shorelines that have eroded without silt and clay from the river.

Read more at the Seattle Times.

Image credit: Tom Roorda.

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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