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The Breaching of a Dam. The Earthen Dam. The Earthen Dam is Leaking Water from the Base. All Dams Leak!. The Pressure of the Lake is Causing the Base to Rupture. Heavy Rains Are Causing the Lake to Top the Dam. The Lake Has Topped the Dam.

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The breaching of a dam
The Breaching of a Dam

The Earthen Dam

FREEING THE ELWHA


The earthen dam is leaking water from the base

The Earthen Dam is Leaking Water from the Base

All Dams Leak!

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Pressure of the Lake is Causing the Base to Rupture

Heavy Rains Are Causing the Lake to Top the Dam

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Lake Has Topped the Dam

Causing it to Erode into it and Releasing a Torrent

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Erosive Channel is So Deep, the Entire Lake Drains

Devastating Downstream Communities

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Torrent is Stripping Pieces of the Foundation Away

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Dam Structure Remains Mostly Intact

FREEING THE ELWHA


The Lake Has Drained and the Torrent is Over

FREEING THE ELWHA



This project was made possible in part by a grant from

Washington’s National Park Fund.

FREEING THE ELWHA


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