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Undamming the Elwha: The Documentary

April 17, 2012 | EarthFix
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The Elwha Dam no longer exists. Crews have been deconstructing it since September 2011 and recently returned the river to it's natural course. | credit: Katie Campbell | rollover image for more

The KCTS 9/EarthFix original documentary Undamming the Elwha follows the journey of the Elwha River from the day it was dammed to the day it was set free once again.

Watch On Television:
Undamming the Elwha, a new half-hour documentary by filmmakers Katie Campbell and Michael Werner, premiered on KCTS 9 in Western Washington and British Columbia. It next airs:

  • Friday June 22 at 8:30 p.m. on Southern Oregon Public Television

Public Screenings:

Free Screenings of Undamming the Elwha in Southern Oregon:

Klamath Tribal Administration
Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Tribal Administration Auditorium
501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin
A panel discussion on the Elwha and Klamath rivers to follow with filmmaker Katie Campbell, EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton and Jeff Mitchell and Don Gentry, members of the Klamath Tribes Water Team.

Southern Oregon University
Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Southern Oregon University
Science Building, Rm 118
1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland
A panel discussion will take place with Katie Campbell, biology professor Dr. Michael Parker from SOU, and aquatic ecologist Brian Barr of the Geos Institute. Environmental reporter Amelia Templeton will moderate. The screening is Sponsored by SOU’s Environmental Studies Program and SOPTV.

Can’t wait?

Watch Online:

Watch Undamming the Elwha on PBS. See more from KCTS 9 Documentaries.

Learn More: This television documentary sprang from the reporting of EarthFix reporters Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn last summer. That’s when they began producing radio and online reports on the impending removal of the Elwha dams. Check out their coverage here.

Go Behind The Scenes: For behind-the-scenes photos of the field production and historical photos of the building of the dams and the hydro-power plants.

Share Your Experiences: Upload photos, videos, and artwork and talk about the Elwha here, on our “Elwha Stories” Tumblr page.

Join The Conversation: Add your comments and insights on Twitter when the show airs Wednesday night. Just make sure to include the hashtag #elwha.

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