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NYT: Dam Removal May Not Immediately Bring Salmon Back

By Erica C. Barnett September 20, 2011

The New York Times' Green Blog dropped in on a ceremony celebrating the beginning of the removal of two massive dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula over the weekend. The gathering featured Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said, “Welcome back to the salmon. We want you to live free again.”

But the story, the Times reports, may be more complicated. "The removal of the Elwha dams is to be completed by 2014, but restoring the river’s salmon runs may take considerably longer."

Hydroelectric dams around the country, built at a time that "valued hydroelectric power more than fish habitat," are now being removed to preserve threatened fish stocks.
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