Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant
Because the Ranney collector draws both groundwater and surface water, the city’s water system has not been in compliance with drinking water standards. Water quality would be further affected by dam removal and the subsequent release of accumulated sediment.
The new Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant (PAWTP), which became operational in February 2010, allows the city to comply with water quality standards during the dam removal process and into the future.
Primary elements of the facility include an Actiflo/filter/clearwell/administrative building, a concrete backwash holding and recycle storage basin, and a concrete sludge drying bed with a sand layer for drying.
Read more about the PAWTP in the Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Implementation Final SEIS (PDF).
Did You Know?
That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.