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Elwha River Restoration

In 1986, Seattle Audubon was one of four conservation organizations to launch the campaign to restore the Elwha River ecosystem through removal of the antiquated dams that blocked the river.  Rick Rutz, conservation activist and science advisor for the Seattle Audubon board, drafted the formal petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for dam removal.  Rick also spearheaded efforts to recruit the other 3 conservation organizations (Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, and Olympic Park Associates) and build an alliance with the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe.

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