WEEKEND: Elwha River update slated

PORT ANGELES — Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant will present “Coastal Response to Dam Removals on the Elwha River: Present and Future” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The talk, sponsored by the Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center, will be in the conference room of The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Two dams on the Elwha River disrupted the flow of sediment to the Strait of Juan de Fuca for nearly 100 years, contributing to erosion of the Elwha River delta and altering coastal habitat.

Researchers are tracking how the ecosystem responds to the restoration of this sediment as dam removal progresses.

This talk will provide a “status report” on how the coastal zone is responding to the dam removal.

Based at Peninsula College, Miller focuses on research, education and outreach on natural coastal hazards on the Olympic Peninsula, including hazards due to climate change, tsunami and chronic erosion.

He has a bachelor’s degree in marine ecology from Western Washington University and earned his doctorate in oceanography from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2011.

Suggested donation is $5.

For more information, phone the Feiro Marine Life Center at 360-417-6254 or visit www.feiromarinelifecenter.org.

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