Elwha dam researcher details early impacts

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 12, 2014 

George Pess will provide an update on the Elwha River dam removal project at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Olympia chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Pess’ talk will focus sediment moving to the lower river and nearshore area, the re-colonization of the upper watershed by anadromous fish and the related effects on aquatic and riparian food webs.

Pess has worked in fisheries since 1989. His research interests have included examining natural and land-use effects on salmon habitat and production, historic and current land-use impacts, the influence of wood in forested stream channels, and how landscape characteristics and land use affect salmon abundance.

He is currently researching the ecosystem’s response to the removal of the dams, and salmon recolonization.

Pess has a doctorate in aquatic and fishery sciences from the University of Washington.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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