Elwha River dam removals ahead of schedule

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Work to remove the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River is ahead of schedule and should be completed next year -- a year earlier than expected.

A Bureau of Land Management river expert, Tim Randle, updated the Port Angeles City Council Tuesday on the work.

Workers finished removing the lower dam on the river, the 108-foot Elwha Dam, in March.

Project manager Brian Krohmer told the Peninsula Daily News (http://is.gd/O2XG0R ) it will take 25 blasts to tear down the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam.

The dam removal is part of a $325 million project to restore salmon runs on the river through Olympic National Park.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com