A symbolic turn for salmon habitat restoration in Washington State was marked over the weekend as government officials, tribal members, scientists and engineers gathered for the beginning of the largest dam removal ever in the United States. Two hydroelectric dams are to be dismantled, restoring the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula to its natural course.
Among those attending was Gov. Christine Gregoire, who had a message for the fish that once crowded the river. “Welcome back to the salmon,” she said. “We want you to live free again.”