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The Elwha, Unleashed
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September 4, 2017

In this issue, we look past the contentious symbolism of dams and see what we can learn from them. We examine the lessons learned on Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, and Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned. And we look at the surprisingly scant science behind calls to take down Glen Canyon Dam, which would be a major win for preservationists but a potential disaster for many Westerners.

Feature

After its dams came down, a river is reborn
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
A look at the Elwha unleashed.
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
The Wasatch Front faces drier times and a growing population, threatening the Great Salt Lake.
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right?

Editor's Note

Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
What we can learn from the Elwa River.

Current

Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
How big a role do industry concerns play in potential rewrite of management plans?
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
The solution to a basin-wide problem may fall to individual irrigators.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
The agency begins to deliver on promises to confront sexual harassment.
Latest: New Mexico’s landlocked wilderness may become reachable
Latest: New Mexico’s landlocked wilderness may become reachable
Feds move to accept land that would open access to the Sabinoso Wilderness
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Cyanide meant for coyotes also kills dogs and eagles, and injures people
Restrictions on wreckreation; wildfire season, by the numbers; flash drought

Essays

Awake at night and listening to coyotes
Awake at night and listening to coyotes
Man-made sounds elicit a wild ruckus in the Bitterroot Valley.

Multimedia

A return to the Snake River
A return to the Snake River
Taking a trip down the undammed section of Hells Canyon.
A community copes with record low salmon returns
A community copes with record low salmon returns
On the Fraser River, faltering salmon populations have impacted tribes and urban economies.

Book Reviews

How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.

Writers on the Range

Gutting regulations damages democracy
Gutting regulations damages democracy
Shutting the public out of natural resource rule-making is bad for the environment — and the country.

Heard Around the West

Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Summer visits from dear friends
Summer visits from dear friends
Including some former staffers, Bryce Gray and Lyndsey Gilpin.

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