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Deal struck to tear down 106-foot dam; would be largest dam removal in California - San Jose Mercury News

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  • Paul Jenkin
    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_14168415 In what could be the largest dam removal project ever completed in California, government officials and a
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      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
      shortfalls.
      The question is which one will get the permits and the funding to go
      first.

      "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
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