Elwha River topic of Port Angeles discussions, workshop

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Two free public forums on the marine life around the mouth of Elwha and the sediment of the river are planned at evening presentations Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Also, those who want to attend a daytime workshop next Wednesday, Feb. 27, to hear researchers’ presentations must RSVP soon.

The workshop will showcase results to date of studies of the sediment and the ecosystem of the Elwha nearshore, said Anne Shaffer of the Coastal Watershed Institute.

It’s intended to 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.

It is free, but RSVPs are necessary because space is limited.

The studies have been done following the removal of the Elwha Dam and the drastic lowering of the Glines Canyon Dam, which is expected to be completely demolished later this year, as part of the $325 million Elwha River restoration project.

The two public presentations will both 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., Tuesday.

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

The following day, Wednesday, Feb. 27, “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.

The evening public forums are part of the eighth annual meeting of the Elwha Nearshore Consortium, a group of citizens, scientists and managers focused on promoting and understanding the nearshore restoration associated with the Elwha dam removals.

The Elwha Nearshore Consortium is coordinated by the Coastal Watershed Institute in collaboration with Peninsula College, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, Surfrider Foundatio, and Olympic National Park. It is sponsored by Surfrider Foundation, with grant funding from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

To RSVP for the workshop, email Nicole Harris at harri60@students.wwu.edu.

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

Last modified: February 19. 2013 6:12PM
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