Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The 10-story-high concrete San Clemente Dam

For nine decades, the 10-story-high concrete San Clemente 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.
State inspectors declared in 1991 that the 106-foot-tall dam was at risk of failure in an earthquake -- which could wipe out hundreds of homes downstream.
Destroying the dam will open up 25 miles of upstream tributaries and creeks so endangered Steelhead trout can return to their historical spawning grounds. 
From: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23508105/californias-biggest-dam-removal-project-history-begins-carmel 
Picture From: San Clemente Rancho 

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