Think Marathon

POSTED BY on Aug 28, 2014

As a wise (bald) man once said, "Think marathon. Not sprint.”

The Elwha River, for the first time in 100 years, was set free two days ago. Here’s an amazing article from National Geographic about it. 

The project, which meant the removal of the two dams, was a project in the making for over 30 years. In the 1980s, the notion of such an endeavor was considered crazy, insurmountable. Today, it’s done, and the natural restoration is underway. And apparently, a thousand years from now, there will still be clear evidence the effects of the massive, rich sediment that is being released into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s creating an ecosystem that is genuinely distinct!


As a maker of things, experiences and a couple of human beings, this is inspiring to me on so many levels. Never give up. Work for what you know is right.

Lauren graduated with a BFA in Communication Graphics from Texas Christian University. She has worked in Dallas for various design firms, and moved to Seattle in 1999. Today, Lauren loves her work as a Senior Designer and a mom, she's a passionate environmentalist, she dances like nobody's watching, and occasionally writes about herself in the third person.

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Peter B

Sep 2, 2014 at 3:30pm

Thanks Lauren! There was a nice Seattle Times article on the history behind the dams, and their removal, a few weeks ago for anyone interested in the backstory.



Aug 28, 2014 at 11:04am

It must be amazing to surf there, Rob! We are truly lucky to live in this beautiful corner of the world. And thanks the reminder and link about Return to the River. :)

Rob Z

Aug 28, 2014 at 10:49am

Thanks Lauren. As a Washington Native, I grew up surfing the Elwha rivermouth. When you sit out in that frigid water, looking back up into the valley you can see eagles fishing, backed up by massive green trees and the snowy peaks of the Olympic Mountains. There is no place on earth like it and I am so so happy to see this river set free.

Check out the trailer for Return of the River