In what could be the largest dam removal project ever completed in
California, government officials and a Monterey water company on
Monday agreed to tear down the 106-foot-tall San Clemente Dam. The
move is a victory for endangered steelhead trout which for decades
have been blocked from their spawning grounds by the obsolete concrete
structure on the Carmel River.
A $150 million project to tear down the 165-foot Matilija Dam in
Ventura County, which is also silted up, was approved in 2004 by
county officials, but has not been implemented yet because of funding
The question is which one will get the permits and the funding to go
"It's kind of a no-brainer when you have dams that provide no
benefits," said Steve Evans, conservation director with Friends of the
River, a Sacramento environmental group. "But these projects are a
little more complicated than taking down some concrete."
More on San Clemente Dam here: http://www.venturariver.org/2008/11/san-clemente-dam-removal.html
More on Matilija Dam here: http://www.venturariver.org/search/label/Matilija%20Dam