Andy Brett

508 days ago

The Chinook that returned this year were born in 2012, when the river “was running chocolate milk,” he said. During the demolition, few juveniles survived; there was nothing to do but wait for the water to clean itself. Two years on, the Elwha runs magnificently clear, a promising forecast for the fall runs of 2020.

New Life Along Washington State’s Elwha River

One morning in late August, at the peak of an unusually hot summer, I joined a group of scientists on the northern coast of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to perform a fish census. We trudged over a dike to a pristine beach just west of the mouth of the Elwha River.