Elwha dam removal on hold for repair work

SEATTLE (AP) - Removal of the last of two dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula has been put on hold temporarily while officials try to fix problems at water-treatment facilities built as part of the $325 million river restoration project.

Sediment is clogging up the facilities built in 2011 to help remove massive amounts of dirt, silt and woody debris released downstream.

According to The Seattle Times ( http://is.gd/6NGZIm), the National Park Service says work to take down the last chunk of the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam will resume July 1.

The $79 million Elwha Water Facilities treat drinking water for the nearby city of Port Angeles, and clarify water for two fish hatcheries and a local paper mill.

Problems began last fall when sediment and debris flowing downstream began to overwhelm the water intake system.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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