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New Web Video Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Elwha River Restoration

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Date: May 9, 2012
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

In the second of a series of short web videos, viewers have a front row seat at major milestones that have been accomplished over the past year of Elwha River Restoration.

Viewers can join Bureau of Reclamation staff as they methodically work through the process of shutting off the two Elwha power plants last June. Footage taken inside both the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dam power houses give the public a rare view of the historic structures and the men who operated them during their last years before removal.

"We're proud to release this short film, and thank our many partners, especially nonprofit producers Wings Over Watersheds for their contributions," said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess.

The video was produced by Wings Over Watersheds, a non-profit organization focused on watershed education. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, Wings Over Watersheds will produce additional web videos, a longer visitor center orientation film and a 60-minute documentary.

Other online resources about Elwha River Restoration are linked from the Olympic National Park website at http://tinyurl.com/ONP-Elwha-info and include a weekly Dam Removal Blog, a Facebook page, photo galleries, timelines and much more.

"We've had great response to the online presence of Elwha River Restoration," said Acting Superintendent Todd Suess. "We're very pleased to be able to share information about this landmark restoration project with people across the country and the world."

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.