Ventura River Watershed News
- Matilija Dam - Next StepsThe final meeting of the Matilija Dam Fine Sediment Workgroup was held on Wednesday April 30. This was the fourth all-day meeting intended to "agree upon possible solutions to manage the approximately two million cubic yards of fine sediments" currently stored in the defunct reservoir.
The final consensus from the workgroup, which included representatives from each of the stakeholder groups, was to pursue two paths:
I) Interim Notching Design
II) Hybrid Alternative Analysis
The design and analysis identified through the stakeholder process will define the immediate data gaps necessary to achieve stakeholder and regulatory clearance to move forward with both short-term notching and the long-term dam removal plan.
The details of this plan are online here: http://www.venturariver.org/2011/04/matilija-dam-next-steps.htmlIn the News:New Proposal on How to Tear Down Matilija Dam UnveiledAfter negotiations over how to tear downMatilija Dam reached a stalemate last year, a new proposal is being examined on how to remove the massive amount of sediment built up behind the defunct dam near Ojai.