Elwha River documentary set to be screened in Port Angeles on Sunday

By Peninsula Daily News staff

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PORT ANGELES — “The Strong People,” an award-winning documentary chronicling the Elwha River dam removals west of Port Angeles, is coming to the Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St., at 11 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 3).

Filmmakers Heather Hoglund and Matt Lowe will be in attendance.

The filmmakers are suggesting a $3 donation to recoup travel and screening fees.

Told through the eyes of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, “The Strong People” examines the restoration of the Elwha River as two dams are removed, depicting the project’s environmental repercussions and its effects on the tribe.

To explore the range of consequences of the Elwha River dams’ presence and removal, Hoglund and Lowe interviewed tribal members to learn about the importance of the Elwha and its salmon.

For more information, visit www.thestrongpeople.com.

Director of Ecology talks water quality, toxic cleanups

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Maia Bellon, director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, addresses the Tribal Habitat Conference in Port Angeles, discussing the state’s role in toxic cleanups, water quality and human health indicators among other issues.


Maia Bellon addresses Tribal Habitat Conference from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo.