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Public invited to celebrate Elwha restoration project milestones

Public Invited to Celebrate Elwha Restoration Project Milestones; Two Water Protection Facilities Completed, Paving Way for Dam Removal Next Year

Another major step towards restoration of the Elwha River ecosystem will be celebrated this Friday when key officials join in a dedication ceremony recognizing completion of both the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant and the Elwha Water Facilities.

Scheduled to take part are U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, City of Port Angeles Mayor Dan Di Guilio, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles, National Park Service Pacific West Acting Regional Director Rory Westberg and Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin, along with other officials.

“Together with our partners, we invite the public to help celebrate two major milestones towards Elwha restoration,” said Gustin. “With Friday’s ceremony, we recognize completion of the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant and the Elwha Water Facilities.”

The dedication will be held on Friday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the new Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant, located next to the Regional Transfer Station at 3501 West 18th Street in Port Angeles.

Guided tours of the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant will be offered immediately following the ceremony until 4:15 p.m.; guided tours of the Elwha Water Facilities will be given between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

"The new Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant, constructed by the National Park Service, is a state of the art, first-class facility. This facility delivers high quality water that meets all of the Federal and State requirements and will serve the citizens of Port Angeles very well now - and for many, many years to come,” said Port Angeles Mayor Dan Di Guilio.

The Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant provides clean drinking water for the City of Port Angeles and is designed to provide up to 10.6 million gallons of treated water daily.

The Elwha Water Facilities include a water treatment plant that will protect the City of Port Angeles’ industrial water supply, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fish rearing channel and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s fish hatchery. A new surface water diversion and intake structure were also constructed, replacing the old design with a new fish-friendly system, along with improvements to the Crown “Z” Water Road, and area flood protection.

The Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration project is our nation’s largest dam removal to date and one of the largest construction projects in the history of the National Park Service. Removing two aging dams on the Elwha River will restore the river to its natural free-flowing state and allow all five species of Pacific salmon and other anadromous fish to once again reach over 70 miles of near-pristine freshwater habitat. In turn, the salmon will return vital nutrients to the watershed, restoring the entire ecosystem, from insects to black bears to eagles.

Removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams will begin next year.

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 Facts about the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant · Total Construction Cost: $27.6 million, including construction management, contract administration, and construction · Jobs Created: Employed 70 at peak of construction, virtually all from Washington. Water treatment plant employs a staff of five. · Project Schedule: Construction began September 2007; clean water began flowing to Port Angeles residents in February 2010. · Contracting Firms: Watts - Korsmo, a Joint Venture of Watts Constructors (Gig Harbor) and John Korsmo Construction, Inc. (Tacoma) HDR Engineering, Inc. - Construction Management Services URS Corporation - Contract Administration Services and Designer of Record · Primary Coordinating Offices: City of Port Angeles Public Works & Utilities Engineering & Water Divisions NPS Denver Service Center Olympic National Park - Elwha Restoration Office

Facts about the Elwha Water Facilities · Total Construction Cost: $79 million, including construction management, contract administration, and construction · Jobs Created: 149 employees; 97% from Washington State · Construction Schedule: Construction began February 2008 and was completed 10 months ahead of schedule · Contracting Firms: Watts - Delhur, a Joint Venture of Watts Constructors (Gig Harbor) and Delhur Industries (Port Angeles) HDR Engineering, Inc. - Construction Management Services URS Corporation - Contract Administration Services and Designer of Record
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