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Conceptualizing Place: Program Guide for Winter 2021: Home


This guide focuses on web resources relating to dams and dam removal, providing support for student projects in Conceptualizing Place.

This guide is a work in progress . . . 

Elwha River

Successful removal of two dams in northern Olympia Peninsula

See Lynda Mapes books and articles, and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Elwha Dam Removal (The Revelator) 

Biological Impacts of the Elwha River Dams 

American Rivers – Elwha River 

Elwha: A River Reborn  (book by Lynda Mapes)


Nisqually River

Regulation of dams in Nisqually watershed, based on treaty rights

of Nisqually Tribe

See chapter in Wilkinson’s Message from Frank’s Landing

Revitalizing Sustainability and Stewardship Planning in the Nisqually River Watershed

Nisqually River Council 


Skokomish River

Cushman Dam, which diverted river in 1920s

Relicensing fight between Skokomish Tribe and Tacoma Power

Restoring the Skokomish River 


Chehalis River

Proposal for flood-control dam near Pe Ell, Lewis County,

 opposed by Quinault, Chehalis as threat to salmon;

Paused by Governor Inslee

Help stop a dam on the Chehalis River

Inslee puts proposed Chehalis River dam on hold, calls for no-dam options


Klamath River

Planned removal of dams in southern Oregon & northern California,

after struggle among tribes / fishers, and farmers

Klamath Tribe OR, Hoopa & Yurok CA

Klamath River Renewal 

Klamath River Restoration 

Largest Dam Removal in American History (BBC)


Nooksack River

Removal of dam underway, based on Nooksack treaty rights

Nooksack River dam finally coming down, freeing miles for fish habitat (Lynda Mapes)


White Salmon River

Removal of Condit Dam in southern Washington,

up from Klickitat in-lieu fishing site on Columbia, Yakama Nation

American Rivers - White Salmon 

YKFP White Salmon River 


Columbia-Snake Rivers

Numerous dams in inland Plateau region; we already have one map.

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) advocating

Removal of four Snake River dams, Colville Tribes critiquing Grand Coulee Dam, etc.

We already have a map, but this is the largest dam removal conflict in the Northwest

Daniel J. Evans Library - MS: LIB2300 - 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NE. Olympia, WA 98501 - 360-867-6250