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NPR Living Lab Interview

What a great way to honor Dick Goin on what would have been his 85th birthday.
On August 1st, I headed to NPR-WCAI for an interview with Heather Goldstone, science editor and the host of Living Lab.

Read and listen to the piece HERE

Happy birthday, Dick Goin.

It wants to be sinuous

Dick Goin said, "A river, it doesn’t want to be tethered, it wants to run around, it wants to be sinuous."  Here's a great visual example of just that: an aerial time-lapse of a river in Peru meandering over 25 years. Many rivers can't move like this anymore due to the construction of dams, levees, roads, railways and houses.

http://i.imgur.com/rcxfVpA.gifv

100 years of service

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016! There are 58 national parks in the US and the Elwha River flows through one of them Olympic National Park.

Yes, I see where your head is going. It still seems crazy, right? The Glines Canyon Dam on Elwha was in a national park.

Let's celebrate the last 100 years by looking to the next century of conservation. The National Park Service invites you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard at FindYourPark.com

Elwha from above

The Elwha River runs from the Olympic Mountains northward into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. These satellite images by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) show Elwha from above. The removal of Elwha's two dams would be the largest dam removal in US history and the biggest controlled sediment release. The Elwha and Glines Canyon dams trapped an estimated 19 million cubic meters of sediment. Researchers say that's enough dirt to fill 11 football fields the height of the Empire State Building.

Give A Dam(n)

American Rivers works to protect the legacy of healthy, wild rivers. We're proud to have them as an organizational partner with The Memory of Fish. Spend some time on their site and learn how to take action for rivers. American Rivers provides information on dams and dam removal here.

This classic photo is by Mikal Jakubal, the activist who painted a crack and the words "ELWHA BE FREE" on the Elwha Dam in 1987.

Photo: Mikal Jakubal

Photo: Mikal Jakubal

Good stuff

Don't forget to check out the growing list of people working hard for healthy rivers on our Good Stuff page. You'll also find a list of suggested films to watch, including one of the earliest about the Elwha River -- Unconquering the Last Frontier (2000) that tells the story of the Elwha River's dams and the struggle for the Klallam Tribe to survive in their shadow.