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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1999 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backers of a plan to remove Matilija Dam may have found an ally in a Ventura County congressman who believes removing the structure has merit because it could save fish and restore sand flows to the coast. In an action likely to focus more attention on the controversial proposal, Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) has called on federal engineers to begin an investigation on how to remove the dam.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Demolition of Matilija Dam near Ojai could reduce water supplies for some customers, while harming efforts to rescue the endangered steelhead trout, said local water agency officials who are concerned that these issues are not addressed in the project's environmental impact report.
NEWS
March 5, 2000 | GLENN ADAMS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Conservationists who cheered the removal of a 162-year-old dam in Maine's capital last year also welcomed the replacement of a dam on a backwoods river that was only slightly younger. Removal of the Edwards Dam, which stretched 917 feet across the Kennebec River, completed the rebirth of a historically rich fishery. The dam, 40 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean, was the first hydroelectric dam in the country ordered removed by the U.S. government for protection of the environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Get your rebar out of our lake. That was the message Wednesday from the Los Angeles City Council, nine months after the Army Corps of Engineers dumped chunks of concrete laced with steel rebar into a lake at Hansen Dam, a recreation spot popular with joggers and horse riders in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Last summer, residents noticed blocks of concrete under the water, discarded there by the corps after it rebuilt a nearby swimming lake.
NEWS
October 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An 80-year-old dam that helps irrigate Oregon farmland will be knocked down and replaced with a new pumping station, boosting local fish runs, government officials announced in a new agreement. The Savage Rapids Dam, which stands 39 feet high and 460 feet wide, has been a source of contention between farmers and conservationists for years. The state fisheries bureau said the dam was the "biggest killer" of steelhead and endangered salmon on the river.
NEWS
July 2, 1999 | Associated Press
As church bells pealed Thursday, a torrent of water was unleashed through a man-made gap in the 162-year-old Edwards Dam in the first U.S. government-ordered demolition of a dam in the name of conservation. The removal of the hydroelectric dam opens an upstream stretch of the Kennebec River to Atlantic salmon and other fish for the first time since the 1830s. It is seen as a precedent for other projects, particularly in the West, where some dams have been targeted for similar fates.
OPINION
February 10, 2007
Re "The tide may be turning for salmon," Current, Feb. 4 Paul VanDevelder's piece about dams and salmon left the impression that our devastated Pacific salmon runs can be restored if only we remove hydroelectric dams from the rivers. Certainly, anyone who loves the West should support dam removal. But I can state from personal experience that the main reason for the decline of Pacific salmon runs is clear-cut logging in coastal streams. When excessive silt pours down the rivers after forests are destroyed, spawning gravel becomes choked and uninhabitable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
In a major boost for California's dwindling salmon stocks, a utility company has agreed to the removal of four hydroelectric dams that for decades have blocked fish migrations on one of the West Coast's most important salmon rivers. The dam decommissioning is vital to restoring the Klamath River, which for years has been the subject of bitter feuding among farmers, fishermen and tribal interests. It would open historic salmon spawning and rearing grounds on the upper reaches of the river, which winds from southern Oregon through the Cascades and Coast Ranges to California's Pacific Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2011 | Steve Chawkins
If life imitated art, it would be a simple matter to follow the dotted line and snip a 200-foot dam near Ojai off the face of the earth. For years, an alliance of environmentalists, fishermen, surfers and officials from every level of government has called for demolishing the obsolete structure. Now, an anonymous band of artists has weighed in, apparently rappelling down the dam's face to paint a huge pair of scissors and a long dotted line. The carefully planned work popped up last week and is, no doubt, Ventura County's most environmentally correct graffiti by a dam site.
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