PACIFIC GROVE, Calif., U.S. 9/27/2010 --
California American Water has filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting permission to remove San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River in order to resolve seismic safety concerns associated with the dam and to restore critical habitat for the steelhead trout.
"From an engineering and environmental perspective, this is a landmark project," said California American Water President Rob MacLean. "Our innovative method for dealing with the sedimentation behind the dam and the level of public-private cooperation which has made this plan a reality will serve as a template for the removal of other obsolete dams across the country."
California American Water is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service and the California State Coastal Conservancy to implement the dam removal project while minimizing cost to its ratepayers. California American Water has committed $49 million and the dedication of 928 acres where the dam is located as parkland. The Coastal Conservancy and NOAA committed to raise the additional $35 million needed for the removal project through a combination of public funding and private donations. ...