"Dam Removal Begins, And Soon the Fish Will Flow"

"Port Angeles, Wash. — In a deep turquoise pool in a gorge of steep granite and thick Douglas fir, dozens of salmon swam fitfully. Swirling and slow, they made their way up one side of the riverbed, only to run into the steep concrete face of Elwha Dam — the formidable barrier that for nearly 100 years has cut off most of the Elwha River from the salmon that traditionally populated it."

"Some primordial genetic imprint makes these fish keep trying. Nurtured in hatcheries for years, supplemented by the few wild fish that managed to spawn in the limited five-mile stretch of river left below the dam, these 20-pound chinook still fling themselves up the river.

Or try to. Soon, they'll be able to continue on the journey that nature compels them to make."

Kim Murphy reports for the Los Angeles Times September 17, 2011.

Source: LA Times, 09/19/2011