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  • Paul Jenkin
    Matilija Dam - Next Steps The final meeting of the Matilija Dam Fine Sediment Workgroup was held on Wednesday April 30. This was the fourth all-day meeting
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 7, 2011

      Matilija Dam - Next Steps

      The 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.html


      In the News:

      New Proposal on How to Tear Down Matilija Dam Unveiled
      After 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.




      Stream Team Trash Survey

      On March 5th 2011, Ventura River Stream Team volunteers spent a Saturday morning mapping trash in the Ventura River estuary. The estimated 200 people living in the river-bottom generate a tremendous amount of waste - both 'trash' and human waste.

      It is clear that this is a severe problem that directly impacts water quality in the estuary and the heavily used beaches near the rivermouth (i.e. Surfers' Point)


      The complete report, including dozens of photos, may be downloaded from the SBCK website here: http://sbck.org/




      Surfers' Point - the Line in the Sand

      People are wondering about the concrete structures being constructed on the beach at Surfers' Point. This 'cutoff wall' is, quite literally, the 'line in the sand.'



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