The Elwha Delta, Washington


Beach morphology and change along the mixed grain-size delta of the dammed Elwha River, Washington


Congress authorized the nation’s largest dam removal from the Elwha River, a river in Olympic National Park, WA, in 1992. The dam removal and associated river restoration are scheduled to begin in fall 2011. Part of the pre-removal research involved establishing a baseline characterization of the existing delta. I conducted field work and statistical analyses as part of a research program.

This article in Geomorphology established baseline knowledge and synthesized several unique datasets. The utility of it will be larger in the future after the dams are gone and the river delta is in a restoration phase.

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