Dams' removal impresses Swift

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PORT ANGELES — The former congressman who sponsored the law to tear down the two dams on the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River says he's very impressed with the work, and that salmon have already returned to their former habitat above the dams.

Former U.S. Rep. Al Swift introduced the legislation 20 years ago to remove the century-old Elwha Dam and the 85-year-old Glines Canyon Dam. He said that he grew up in a generation that built dams, and it took him a while to see the logic of tearing them down.

The Democrat represented the northern parts of the peninsula from 1979 to 1993 and retired from the U.S. House in 1995.