San Clemente Dam on California’s Carmel River after rainfall. Captions and Photo source: NOAA
Today marks a historic event for California rivers: the launch of the biggest dam removal project in state history… Over the next 28 months, the beautiful Carmel River will be set free to flow more naturally for 70 percent of its length as the 106-foot (32.3 meter) San Clemente Dam is dismantled…
“This project demonstrates the art of the possible.”
California’s biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley, Mercury News
For nine decades, the 10-story-high concrete dam with its rusted pipes, railings and valves has stood in the wooded canyons between the Big Sur hills and the picturesque town of Carmel, blocking the natural flows of the Carmel River. In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking landmark, California’s largest dam-removal project ever.
Largest Dam in State History Torn Down, California, ABC News
Monterey County supervisors gave their OK for the largest dam removal project in state history. The San Clemente Dam is eighteen miles from the coast in the Carmel Valley.