Olympic National Park glaciers continue to shrink, most recent study finds
Today's article and pictures in the Peninsula Daily News got me thinking about the common wisdom that the Elwha River above the dams is unchanged since the dams were put in. I often have repeated this when discussing wild fish restoration.
The fact that glaciers are diminishing and the pictures of the Lillian glacier make me wonder what impacts the loss of glaciers since the early 1900's will have on fish returning to the upper watershed for the first time since the glaciers were much larger. I'm not even sure that the impacts will be negative, but it is certainly interesting to see such major changes in such a relatively short time frame.
Will decreased and warmer summer flows have negative impacts on returning Elwha fish along with other populations throughout the Olympic Peninsula.