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.
The rerouting of the Carmel River and removal of sediment in the channel began this summer, part of the plan to remove the seismically unsafe San Clemente Dam in Monterey County. DWR Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) engineers and geologists regularly visit the site of California’s largest dam removal project to ensure that all construction plans and specifications are executed correctly. A temporary pipe has been placed through the dam to create a dry area for the reroute work and keep water flowing downstream. The reroute and sediment removal is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2014. Demolition of the 106-foot dam is scheduled for the fall of 2015. To learn more about the project, visit http://www.sanclementedamremoval.org/.
Photos by: Florence Low / DWR Photography | Spotlight Archive