Two free Elwha River forums scheduled

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Two free evening public forums on changes in the Elwha River since the beginning of a $325 million restoration project are planned tonight and Wednesday.

Also, a daytime workshop showcasing results to date of studies of the sediment and the ecosystem of the Elwha nearshore is planned Wednesday in Room J47 at Peninsula College.

Both of the two evening forums will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Elwha Unplugged: An Informal Public Social Celebrating the Marine World of the Elwha,” will be presented at the Barhop Brewery, 124 W. Railroad Ave., tonight.

It will feature a showcase of local filmmaker John Gussman’s images of the Elwha, the nearshore and recent dam removals.

Wednesday evening, “Elwha Conversations: Elwha Sediment — Where’s It Going?” will be held in Room J-47 at
Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Andrea Ogston, a University of Washington oceanography professor, will present findings of mapping of the Elwha sediment plume, from the perspectives of the water’s surface and of the underwater view from the seabed.

Wednesday’s workshop will bring together scientists, managers, city of Port Angeles residents and those who live along the Elwha nearshore — from Freshwater Bay to the eastern city limits, said Anne Shaffer of the Coastal Watershed Institute.

Like the evening forums, the workshop is free, but RSVPs are necessary because space is limited. To RSVP for the workshop, email Nicole Harris at harri60@students.wwu.edu.

Researchers have studied effects on the river of the removal of the Elwha Dam, which was completed last March, and the lowering of the Glines Canyon Dam, which is expected to be completely demolished later this year.

The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. with an overview of the Elwha Nearshore Consortium by Shaffer, followed by an update at 8:10 a.m. on the Elwha River restoration from Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum and Brian Winter, project manager.

It will continue with presentations on sediment from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., on biological changes from noon to 1 p.m., on habitat mapping from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and on nearshore management from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The evening public forums are part of the eighth annual meeting of the Elwha Nearshore Consortium, coordinated by the Coastal Watershed Institute in collaboration with the park, Peninsula College, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and the Surfrider Foundation.

For more information, contact Shaffer at 360-461-0799 or anne.shaffer@coastalwatershedinstitute.org or phone Harris at 360-460-5092.

Last modified: February 25. 2013 6:02PM
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