Sequim Science Café to explore Elwha ecosystem’s response to dam removals

SEQUIM — The historic removal of the Elwha River dams is the topic for the next Sequim Science Café presentation, set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The presentation will be at Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave.

Hosted by the Sequim Education Foundation, the event will feature Keith Denton, who will speak about “Ecosystem Response to the Removal of Two Dams on the Elwha River.”

Denton, of K. Denton and Associates LLC, has a master’s degree in fisheries science from the University of Washington.

His work focuses on enumerating adult salmonids in rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest by using multi-beam imaging sonar.

His primary area of work is monitoring populations of adult chinook and steelhead on the Elwha River before, during and after the removal of two dams.

A multi-agency collaboration to monitor the effects on the Elwha ecosystem of the largest dam removal project in the world — including the Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam — before the dam removals and continues to this day.

The Science Café meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those planning to eat are encouraged to come early (5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.), as seating is limited.

The Sequim Education Foundation’s mission is “to be a catalyst for vibrant growth of each student in the Sequim community.”

See www.sequim or sequimed for more information.

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