By: Phuong Le
The final chunks of concrete are expected to fall this September in the nation’s largest dam-removal project, but nature already is reclaiming the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
So much sediment, once trapped in reservoirs behind two hydroelectric dams, has flowed downstream that it has dramatically reshaped the river’s mouth, replenished eroding beaches and created new habitat for marine creatures not observed there in years.
Meanwhile, Chinook salmon and steelhead have been streaming into stretches of the Elwha River and its tributaries previously blocked by the Elwha Dam, which stood for nearly a century before it came down in 2012.
With the first dam gone, the ocean-migrating fish have been swimming as far upriver as they can. Scientists have observed them at the base of the second 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam about 13 miles upstream, as if they want to continue on. Read more
By Tom Sowa
When the World Cup started last month, the little blue lights on thousands of racks inside Yahoo’s Quincy data center began flickering faster than usual.
Millions of people on phones, tablets and computers were tracking teams and watching video from the event, a once-every-four-years sports spectacle that garners intense online interest.
Much of that Web traffic pulsed in and out of Yahoo’s 400,000-square-foot data center, which sits near farm fields in the heart of Grant County. Read more