Free the Elwha|by David E. Ortman, Friends of the Earth, Seattle, United States,
Tasneem Nahar, Friends of the Earth, Seattle, United States,
Abstract: The Elwha River flows northward from the middle of Washington's Olympic Peninsula to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As a coastal river basin, it was once home to all five species of Pacific salmon and three species of anandromous trout. In 1855, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe signed the Treaty of Point No Point with the U.S. government and retained the right in perpetuity to fish the Elwha. This paper discusses coastal waterway and ecological aspects of the Elwha River watershed and dams.
Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Sea water | Waterways | Ecosystems | Watersheds | Streamflow | River flow | Coastal environment
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