Reservoir behind Elwha Dam begins descent



PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Water in the reservoir behind the Elwha Dam has dropped 18 feet since June 1 when generators were turned off after 98 years of service.

The Peninsula Daily News says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation last week ceased managing the draw on Lake Aldwell.

Olympic National Park spokesman Dave Reynolds says the reservoir was lowered to give water a place to go.

The 105-foot-tall Elwha Dam and the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam will be dismantled starting in September. It’s the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.


Information from: Peninsula Daily News,