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Secretary Salazar and Washington Leaders to Celebrate Beginning of the Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History


September 17, 2011

Secretary Salazar joined Washington leaders to celebrate the beginning of the Elwha River restoration project, the largest in U.S. history. The ceremony marked a significant milestone for the Elwha River Restoration project that will help increase salmon populations, uphold commitments to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and create new opportunities for economic growth and regional vitality.


  • Secretary Salazar speaks at the official ceremony marking the beginning of the Elwha Dam Removal. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar speaks on a megaphone with the National Park Service super of Olympic NP Karen Gustin,Senator Murray, Governor Chris Gregoire, Lower Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles, Congressman Norm Dicks, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar Speaking
  • Secretary Salazar speaks at the official ceremony marking the beginning of the Elwha Dam Removal with the National Park Service super of Olympic NP Karen Gustin,Senator Murray, Governor Chris Gregoire, Lower Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles, Congressman Norm Dicks, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Salazar Speech
  • Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar Speaking
  • Salazar Speech