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Complexities, context, and new information about the Elwha River

February 28, 2019

Recently, Hand et al. (2018) discussed the socio- ecological complexities surround-ing natural resource policy, science, and management in the Columbia River Basin, using a case study of dam removal on the Elwha River in Washington State (WebFigure 1a). We feel compelled to provide additional historical context and correct some of the information provided by Hand et al. about the Elwha. The his-toric removals of the two Elwha River dams – a long- anticipated project that was decades in the making – have been touted by some as an environmental success story following the project’s completion in 2014. As with any complex endeavor, critical analyses and lessons learned continue to emerge, and will likely benefit future projects.

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