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Exhibit Overview Art Exhibit Program and Event Schedule Elwha Resources River Story Photos
Exhibit Overview Art Exhibit Program & Event Schedule Additional Elwha Project
Information and Resources
River Story Photos


River Story

Flowing from the heart of the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in just 45 short, but extraordinarily beautiful miles, the Elwha River drains more than 320 square miles of rugged mountain terrain.

During its long history the Elwha River has provided sustenance, shelter, transportation, power, recreation, education, spiritual identity, and inspiration to generations of people who dwell near the river, and to countless visitors from around the world.

In the early 1900s the Elwha was dammed in two locations, blocking the spawning migrations of five species of Pacific salmon. In September 2011 the dams began to come down, and a new, vital chapter in a very special river story began.

River Story is a unique collection of materials, information, art, education and performance, brought together for the first time through the collaborative efforts of numerous organizations, agencies, and individuals. The North Olympic Library System is delighted to make this remarkable exhibit available to the public throughout the summer of 2012.

River Story celebrates a beautiful river of ageless wonder, and tells the Elwha River’s remarkable tale of renewal, restoration, and transformation.

Time lapse video of dam removal and blasting. Here


Special thanks to the members of the River Story Planning Committee:

Anna Wiancko Chasman, Brenda Francis, Karen Hanan, Margaret Jakubcin, Barb Maynes,
Kate Reavey, Jake Seniuk, Kathy Steichen, Heather Stephens, Harry von Stark, Betsy Wharton.




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