In 1992, Congress passed the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act, authorizing dam removal to restore the altered ecosystem and the native anadromous fisheries of the Elwha River. After two decades of planning, the largest dam removal in U.S. history began on September 17, 2011.
“State of the Elwha River: Five Years After the Largest Dam Removal Project in the World” will be presented by Mike McHenry, the Fisheries Habitat Biologist/Manager in the Natural Resources Department for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, January 16 at 12:35 pm in the Peninsula College Little Theater. He will offer a presentation focused on the restoration project as it has unfolded in these early years.
McHenry has restored 42 miles of stream in seven watersheds across the Olympic Peninsula over the last 12 years. He has received more than $4 million in funding from 12 different local, state, federal and private organizations to conduct this work, and has utilized nine different types of watershed restoration techniques to achieve this goal. He has achieved this goal by bringing both money and job opportunities into a rural and tribal community. The jobs he has created are predominantly for displaced fisherman and timber workers. In addition, he has authored or co-authored several articles related to the project.
McHenry received a Full Circle Award in 2000 from the Society for Ecological Restoration and the NOAA Environmental Hero American Fisheries Society Conservation Organization of the Year in 2010 and 2005. He said the awards aren't a result of his great work, but a reflection of the great team he works with.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at email@example.com.