After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History, This River Is Thriving | National Geographic

June 2, 2016 - Conservationists can now point to the largest dam removal project in the U.S. as a success story. The ecosystem of Washington's Elwha River has been thriving since the removal of its hydroelectric dam system. Recent surveys show dramatic recovery, especially in the near shore at the river's mouth, where the flow of sediment has created favorable habitat for the salmon population. A new generation of salmon species, some of which are endangered, are now present in the river. Some hope that the restoration of the Elwha River will become a shining example for the removal of dams across the U.S. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Read "River Revives After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/largest-dam-removal-elwha-river-restoration-environment/ Check out salmon photos on National Geographic Your Shot. http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/tags/salmon/ Learn more about the largest dam removal in U.S. history. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140826-elwha-river-dam-removal-salmon-science-olympic/ After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History, This River Is Thriving | National Geographic https://youtu.be/VipVo8zPH0U National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo

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genxer711: You wouldn’t see actions like this in the closed-minded south.

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Tonga Esque: will never return to what was

Jackie Perez: I’m curious about what came about the ecosystem upstream

william eason: It's easy to be the biggest when it's the only one. Actually It was quite a small dam and it would not surprise me if it had outlived its useful life. When these small dams silt up they lose their ability to produce power reliably and their ability to reduce flooding. Now with proper fish ladders and a way to "mine" the accumulated soil we might be able to enjoy all these benefits and recreation.

Lucas McCloud: This river could easily have multiple whirlpool generators in it that are fish safe and could eventually produce more energy then the dam did.

Andrei Nastase: I bet the Petroleum Monopoly lobied for the destruction of this natural and clean source of energy.

Nurul Ansari: What a beautiful step by us govt.

TheBoldImperator: There's always some strange despisal complex going on for fisherman in these comments. Bet you all love your fish and chips at the local seafood shack anyway. Enjoy Thai and Chinese fish because you drove away all the local fisherman.

Shankabottomus: This is why humans are awesome. We have the capacity to do good just as much as we have to do evil.

Gabriel Moline: If Donald Dump sees this, he'll probably call for the dams to be rebuilt.

Alexander van Wyk: Thousand horahs. Thanks for sharing. At last, one for the trout!

Joseph Gallagher: “Nobody knew what was going to happen....”. I think she got that part right.

Bert Distefano: Dam I’m good

Mike Donnell: so what would happen if we did that across the globe

Harry 01: Beautiful without that ugly dam there

Dena Redford: This is 8 years later how productive is this effort been for bring back the salmon ?

Flat Earth Preacher: wow flat earth

techno_ chrat: it's hard to believe that so much money and time is being spent by the government to revive the ecological balance.

Voyager4our _: Hopefully nuclear can get some headway so we can get rid of dams

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