The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
Deemed in the 1990s a seismic risk by DWR’s Division of Safety of Dams, 92-year-old San Clemente Dam in Monterey County is scheduled for demolition in the fall of 2015. Safety of Dams engineers and geologists are overseeing every aspect of California’s largest dam removal project, including analysis of recent field exploration findings. Along with removing the risk of dam failure, the project includes re-routing the Carmel River and opening up the waterway for native steelhead trout to freely swim and spawn, and recover red-legged frog habitat. The dam is owned and operated by California American Water.
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