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As federal agencies work to restore fish runs above the largest dam removal project in history, a judge says they need to consider releasing fewer hatchery salmon and steelhead.
Journalists from our EarthFix team will give us an update on the removal of Elwha Dam and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
The biggest dam removal project in U.S. history is about to begin in Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Taking out the Elwha and the Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha river particularly excites marine scientists. They'll be able to study the affects of restoring a free-flowing river on salmon and other fish species. Earthfix reporter Ashley Ahearn is producing a three-part series of stories and she'll give us a preview and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it's been like getting to know the Elwha river.
On this week's environmental update we'll be talking with EarthFix Editor, David Steves, on the removal of dams in Washington. Two hydropower dams on Washington's Elwha River, the Elwha and Glines Canyon dam are in the process of being removed because the benefits of keeping them outweigh the benefits of their removal. The Elwha is the largest dam to ever be removed in the U.S. A similar dam removal could be in the future for four dams along the Klamath River. However, Congress first needs to pass a law allowing them to be removed.
As we've discussed on the show in the past, there are several proposed coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest. While the number of proposals has decreased slightly from six to five, this is still a hot topic with both staunch defenders and entrenched opposition. Proponents say the export terminals would generate revenue and help stimulate local economies. But environmental groups argue the emissions generated by the transport of coal and the coal itself wouldn't be worth the economic benefits. Companies that mine coal in Wyoming and Montana are hoping these terminals move forward to help them meet the growing demand for coal in Asian markets. We'll also get the latest on another developing environmental story: dam removal on Washington's Elwha river. Dam removal started last year. Now, salmon are starting to return to the river.