He Waters the Mountains
Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, August 7, 2017

This is a photo of the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. Most of the river is in Olympic National Park.

The restoration of the Elwha is considered to be a major success story. This 45 mile river runs from the Olympic Mountains to the sea and was dammed with two dams since the early 1900’s. The recent take down of these two dams was considered the largest dam removal in US history at the time.

Since the dams were removed, trees are growing on the old lake beds and sediment and trees have been washed downriver restoring banks and beaches. Salmon are returning to their old spawning grounds. Positive changes are occurring throughout the whole ecosystem.

He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth.
He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
Psalm 104:5-14 (NIV)