The Matilija Coalition is an alliance of community groups, businesses, and individuals committed to the environmental restoration of the Ventura River watershed. Starting with the removal of Matilija Dam, we are working for the recovery of the bioregion to benefit the recovery of the Southern Steelhead trout and to restore the natural sediment supply to the beaches of Ventura.
On March 17, 2016, the Matilija Dam Design Oversight Group reached consensus on a plan to remove Matilija Dam by flushing sediment through low level outlets. Recently completed studies show that natural transport is the most cost effective means of sediment management, and has proven success at Condit Dam in 2011.
Aside from telling the story of our endangered salmon runs and the recent large dam removals, the film is a must-see for anyone with lingering curiosity about the scissors on Matilija Dam!