Miles Lost Miles Gained

Art and science combine to virtually restore lost rivers through digital maps, sculpture and intersecting tales of ecosystem destruction and restoration.

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Canoes on the former Black River near Renton, 1898.
Canoes on the former Black River near Renton, 1898.

Photo: Museum of History and Industry

Postcard showing men with load of salmon on dock in Seattle. Harvest of “30 million fish” is noted. Hatcheries were introduced to try and sustain high harvest levels after declines in stocks were observed.
Postcard showing men with load of salmon on dock in Seattle. Harvest of “30 million fish” is noted. Hatcheries were introduced to try and sustain high harvest levels after declines in stocks were observed.

Photo: Museum of History and Industry

Indians picking hops in White River valley, 1902. Agriculture was widespread throughout the river valleys of Puget Sound. Indians commonly served as a migrant labor force.
Indians picking hops in White River valley, 1902. Agriculture was widespread throughout the river valleys of Puget Sound. Indians commonly served as a migrant labor force.

Photo: Asahel Curtis, (UW Asahel Curtis Collection)

Regrade activities near 5th and Weller, in what is now known as the International District, 1908.
Regrade activities near 5th and Weller, in what is now known as the International District, 1908.

Photo: UW James Patrick Lee Collection

Flooded road at entrance to Kent, 1936. Floods like this one were a regular occurrence before the White River was diverted out of the Kent Valley. Completion of Howard Hanson Dam in 1962 brought flood control to Green River and ushered development.
Flooded road at entrance to Kent, 1936. Floods like this one were a regular occurrence before the White River was diverted out of the Kent Valley. Completion of Howard Hanson Dam in 1962 brought flood control to Green River and ushered development.

Photo: Seattle Post Intelligencer (MOHAI Collection)

Elwha dam powerhouse, showing damage from the 1912 foundation blowout. The dam was repaired and in operation by 1914. The dam was constructed illegally without a fish ladder, had persistent safety issues, and was never federally licensed to operate.
Elwha dam powerhouse, showing damage from the 1912 foundation blowout. The dam was repaired and in operation by 1914. The dam was constructed illegally without a fish ladder, had persistent safety issues, and was never federally licensed to operate.

Photo: National Parks Service, Olympic National Park

Elwha dam in the earliest stages of construction near river mile 5.
Elwha dam in the earliest stages of construction near river mile 5.

Photo: National Parks Service

More Information

Waterlines Project (Seattle shoreline history)

Led by Dr. Peter Lape from the UW Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Amir Sheik from the PSRHP, and environmental artist Donald Fels. Interactive maps illustrating changes along the waterlines of Seattle.
Link to external site

Puget Sound River History Project

The PSRHP is led by Dr. Brian Collin’s from the UW Quaternary Research Center, Geomorphological Research Group, in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. The PSRHP is the probably the most comprehensive resource on physical changes and impacts of the settlement period to modern times on the rivers of Puget Sound. Data from the PSRHP underpins many of the maps used in the MLMG project.
Link to external site

Coast Salish Tribes of Washington State

The following provide more background on the Tribal histories that intersect with the rivers of the MLMG project.

External links to Tribal historic resources:
Coll-Peter Thrush’s essay on The Lushootseed Peoples of Puget Sound Country Elwha S’Klallam Tribe
Duwamish Tribe

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Suquamish Tribe

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Washington State and Puget Sound

A few external links that proved invaluable:
Washington State History Link

Paul Dorpat’s History Books!

1920 Report on Flood Control of the White – Stuck and Puyallup Rivers

Elwha Valley

Learn more about the Elwha River valley from the prehistoric period to daily dam removal updates, follow the external links below. The report on the Interpretive History of the Elwha River Valley and the Legacy of Hydropower on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is especially illuminating.

Report on Interpretive History of the Elwha River Valley and the Legacy of Hydropower on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula:
Elwha dam

Tribal History and Periods

King County

Series of articles spanning King County History provided by 4 Culture.
Link to external site

 

Lake Washington, Green-Duwamish, and White-Puyallup watersheds

http://govlink.org/watersheds

Puget Sound Restoration

Puget Sound Partnership
EPA efforts to cleanup Puget SoundNOAA efforts to restore costal habitats, including Puget Sound

Elwha River Recovery & Science

Elwha Dams removal blog
Elwha River Dams removal webcams
USGS Elwha River information and webcams
Elwha River Watershed Information
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Puget Sound & Coast-Salish Tribal History
Duwamish Tribe
Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
Muckleshoot Indian TribeSuquamish Tribe
Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Public Art Agencies within MLMG historic river corridors

King County - 4 Culture
Pierce County

Duwamish River

City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund
City of Tukwila

Black River

City of Renton
City of Tukwila

Sammamish River

City of Kenmore
City of Bothell
City of Woodinville
City of Redmond

Lower Green, Lower White, & Stuck Rivers

City of Kent
City of Auburn
City of Sumner

Lower Puyallup River

City of Puyallup
City of Fife
City of Tacoma

Photos and Maps

Too good not to share. Dive in and explore.
Early Washington State Historic Maps

Historic photos showing water development projects in the West

USGS historic map viewer

City of Seattle Archives

King County Archives

UW Digital Collections

State of Washington Archives

Elwha River Webcams

Canoes on the former Black River near Renton, 1898.
Canoes on the former Black River near Renton, 1898.

Photo: Museum of History and Industry

Postcard showing men with load of salmon on dock in Seattle. Harvest of “30 million fish” is noted. Hatcheries were introduced to try and sustain high harvest levels after declines in stocks were observed.
Postcard showing men with load of salmon on dock in Seattle. Harvest of “30 million fish” is noted. Hatcheries were introduced to try and sustain high harvest levels after declines in stocks were observed.

Photo: Museum of History and Industry

Indians picking hops in White River valley, 1902. Agriculture was widespread throughout the river valleys of Puget Sound. Indians commonly served as a migrant labor force.
Indians picking hops in White River valley, 1902. Agriculture was widespread throughout the river valleys of Puget Sound. Indians commonly served as a migrant labor force.

Photo: Asahel Curtis, (UW Asahel Curtis Collection)

Regrade activities near 5th and Weller, in what is now known as the International District, 1908.
Regrade activities near 5th and Weller, in what is now known as the International District, 1908.

Photo: UW James Patrick Lee Collection

Flooded road at entrance to Kent, 1936. Floods like this one were a regular occurrence before the White River was diverted out of the Kent Valley. Completion of Howard Hanson Dam in 1962 brought flood control to Green River and ushered development.
Flooded road at entrance to Kent, 1936. Floods like this one were a regular occurrence before the White River was diverted out of the Kent Valley. Completion of Howard Hanson Dam in 1962 brought flood control to Green River and ushered development.

Photo: Seattle Post Intelligencer (MOHAI Collection)

Elwha dam powerhouse, showing damage from the 1912 foundation blowout. The dam was repaired and in operation by 1914. The dam was constructed illegally without a fish ladder, had persistent safety issues, and was never federally licensed to operate.
Elwha dam powerhouse, showing damage from the 1912 foundation blowout. The dam was repaired and in operation by 1914. The dam was constructed illegally without a fish ladder, had persistent safety issues, and was never federally licensed to operate.

Photo: National Parks Service, Olympic National Park

Elwha dam in the earliest stages of construction near river mile 5.
Elwha dam in the earliest stages of construction near river mile 5.

Photo: National Parks Service