The Elwha River Research Consortium, the Elwha Nearshore Consortium, and their sponsors are pleased to announce a two-day Elwha River Science Symposium. This meeting will be held on September 15 and 16, 2011 and will lead into Celebrate Elwha!, a weekend of festivities celebrating the start of the historic dam removal project and rebirth of the Elwha into a once again free-flowing river. The announcement can be downloaded here.
Scientists from around the region will give oral and poster presentations about their ongoing studies of the Elwha River ecosystem. From fisheries and wildlife to geomorphology and sediment transport, come and learn about the terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems of the Elwha. Dr. James R. Karr of the University of Washington will provide the keynote address.
The public is invited to view submitted posters and to hear a lecture by Mr. Yvon Chouinard, a noted environmentalist and founder of the outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia.
A special event, as scientists, resource managers, and the public gather for a day of reflection, motivation, and celebration. Listen as leaders of the scientific community discuss the meaning and opportunities of the Elwha River Restoration Project. Confirmed invited speakers include:
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, The John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment.
Dr. Tom Quinn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, University of Washington and author of “Pacific Salmon and Trout.”
Dr. Dave Montgomery, Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington and author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations.”
Dr. Martin Doyle, Professor of River Science and Policy at the Nicholas School, Duke University
You are invited to a special evening (4:00 pm to 7:30 pm) on the water and explore the coastline from Port Angeles Harbor to the mouth of the Elwha River from the deck of the 120-foot boat EXPEDITIONS . A special rate for this tour is being provided by Expeditions Northwest, a local Adventure / Ecotourism company. Local scientists familiar with the nearshore zone and coastline of the Elwha will be on board as guides.
For more information about the program and agenda details, go to the Elwha River Science Symposium web site.
You can also register for the Elwha River Eco Cruise by calling 360-452-6210 – Reservations Required.