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Environmental Update On The Elwha Dam And The Wilderness Act

OPB | Sept. 2, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 3, 2014 1:44 p.m.

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 29,000-acre federal wilderness area east of Bend.

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 29,000-acre federal wilderness area east of Bend.

Amanda Peacher / OPB

On August 26, the removal of the Elwha Dam in Port Angeles, WA was finally completed. The demolition of this dam has been three years in the making. EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn has been covering this story since 2011. She will join us to discuss the removal of the Elwha Dam and its effects on the Elwha River, which now flows freely into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act protects almost 110 million acres in 750 wilderness areas in 44 states. EarthFix Editor David Steves will tell us how the Wilderness Act has fared in the past 5o years and what the future of wilderness preservation looks like.

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