• Olympic: Three Parks in One

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Water Treatment - Overview

Construction of the Elwha Water Treatment Plant

Construction of the Elwha Water Treatment Plant during the summer of 2008.

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Overview:

A major milestone in Elwha River Restoration were reached in early 2010, with the construction of two water treatment facilities to protect the City of Port Angeles' municipal and industrial water supplies before, during and after removal of the two Elwha River dams.

The Elwha Water Facilities include a water treatment plant that will protect the City of Port Angeles' industrial water supply, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish rearing channel and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's fish hatchery. A new surface water diversion and intake structure were also constructed, replacing the old design with a new fish-friendly system, along with improvements to the Crown "Z" Water Road, and area flood protection.

Construction of the Elwha Water Facilities cost $79 million and created 149 jobs for Washington-based companies. Construction began in February 2008 and was completed ten months ahead of schedule in April 2010.

 
Water is treated in an Actiflo basin prior to filtration at the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant.

Following initial treatment in this Actiflo® basin, water is ready for treatment at the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant.

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The Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant began providing clean water to residents of Port Angeles in February 2010. Constructed at a cost of $27.6 million, the facility is designed to provide the city with up to 10.6 million gallons of potable water daily before, during and after the dam removal process.

Both treatment plants will protect water users from the turbidities that will occur upon removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. These sediments have been accumulating in the Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell reservoirs for the past 80 and 100 years respectively. The new facilities will take in surface water for treatment and provide clean water for municipal, industrial and hatchery needs.

The Elwha Water Facilities also provide for local area flood protection.

 
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Did You Know?

View of the Elwha Valley

Did you know that in 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. More...