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Funding for 2017!

Matilija Dam State Prop 1 grant   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it will award $3.3 million to the Matilija Dam project. The grant was part of $40 million in Proposition 1 funds awarded for "water quality, river and watershed protection, and restoration projects for vital waterways throughout California." Proposition 1…
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Scientific paper on Matilija Dam removal

Cui et al, 2016, Analyses of the Erosion of fine sediment deposit for a Large Dam Removal Project: Matilija Dam, An Empirical Approach This paper, published in the International Journal of River Basin Management, 2016, provides a scientific framework for natural erosion of fine sediments in dam removal projects like Matilija Dam. ABSTRACT Large quantities…
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Aloha Beach Festival benefits Matilija Coalition

[caption id="attachment_3442" align="alignnone" width="978"] http://www.alohabeachfestival.us/[/caption]   Many thanks to Chip and Kelly Bell for their generous donation of $10,000 raised by the annual Aloha Beach Festival! This year, in light of recent progress with the dam removal project, the Bell's designated the Matilija Coalition as their beneficiary of this annual event. Thanks Chipper Bro!
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Dam scissors stickers

Matilija Dam made headline news in 2011 when a giant pair of scissors appeared overnight.  This image is now becoming a symbol of dam removal. Building on this theme the Matilija Coalition just designed and printed a short run of stickers. They proved very popular, and the first 500 are out in the community. More…
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Matilija Dam in the News

  "It is mostly silted up. It has out lived its usefulness. It no longer serves for flood control or water supply for the region and at the same time it blocks fish from coming up so this fits with the statewide priority of trying to deal with these old situations," said Secretary of California…
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Matilija Sand Trap

  Sept 8, 2016: Ventura County Reporter article on Matilija Dam: With a possible end in sight, all parties involved are optimistic for the future. “It’s a good feeling knowing that there actually is a solution to this. We’re working every day to try and make that happen,” said Jenkin. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the…
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Matilija Dam poster update

The Matilija Coalition has updated the poster describing the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration project.  The primary change is in the sediment management required for dam removal, which has been greatly simplified through using "natural transport" rather than expensive mechanical means to re-establish the stream bed upstream.  
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Matilija Dam stakeholders select local project

On March 17, 2016, the Matilija Dam "Design Oversight Group" met to determine consensus around one of the three alternatives in the AECOM/Stillwater reports and how to move the project forward. Following a long discussion, the issue was put to a vote.  Printouts depicting the three project alternatives were hung on the wall, and each…
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Matilija Dam – Studies and Next Steps

On September 17, 2015,  the Matilija Dam "Design Oversight Group" met to receive a presentation from the consultant team and discuss the next steps toward removing the obsolete dam from the Ventura River. The meeting was well attended by local, state, and federal agencies and interested locals.Background:  In 2012, the California Coastal Conservancy agreed to…
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Local Heroes – Keeper of the Coast

Local Heroes honored in the July 2, 2015 issue of the Ventura County Reporter include Paul Jenkin, "Keeper of the Coast."  The article highlights Paul's work as the "environmental guy" with the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation including Surfers' Point, Matilija Dam, and projects aimed at restoring the Ventura River watershed.“As keepers of…
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