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Steelhead spawning surveys

Last week I volunteered to help NOAA Fisheries biologists conduct a steelhead spawning survey on the Ventura River.  NOAA has been conducting these surveys every two weeks during the spring spawning season for the past two years.  These field surveys help build the knowledge of which parts of the river system are important to steelhead…
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Matilija Technical Advisory Committee

January 12-13, 2012 - Matilija Technical Advisory Committee meeting The Matilija Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met for two days to familiarize the members with the project and kick off discussions on moving forward with the next steps. (See Matilija Dam - Next Steps) Matilija TAC field trip - Foster Park The TAC was formed following the recommendations of…
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Matilija Dam in the news

A graffiti taunt to tear down Matilija DamMatilija Dam: environmental eyesore, work of ... - Ventura County StarOn a divisive dam, a snippy bit of graffiti - Los Angeles TimesMatilija Dam Grafitti | KEYT.com - News, Weather, Sports for Santa ...Environmental Graffiti? (Or, Kill Matilija Dam) — The Trout ...KCET big-dam-mistakeCason: Matilija Dam protest is…
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Matilija Dam – Next Steps

The final meeting of the Matilija Dam Fine Sediment Workgroup was held on Wednesday April 30. This was the fourth all-day meeting intended to "agree upon possible solutions to manage the approximately two million cubic yards of fine sediments" currently stored in the defunct reservoir. The final consensus from the workgroup, which included representatives from…
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Matilija Dam spills after rain

Matilija Dam was spilling on Monday following the big storm of the season: view video on YouTube Matilija Canyon logged over 10 inches of rain, flows at Foster Park peaked at 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) This hydrograph is from the USGS gaging station, available on the web here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov http://ca.water.usgs.gov/webcams/ventura/ ...
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Natives face upstream battle

An article in Ojai Magazine investigates the plight of the Ventura River steelhead and the latest on the high court debate over Casitas Water District's claim against the federal government. "The principal question before this court is whether the government's permanent physical annual taking o f 3,492 acre- feet of Casitas' water is compensable under…
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Hemlock Dam Removal

Around the country, more dams are being removed today than are being built. One example of a successful project is Hemlock Dam Removal on the Columbia River system. This video showed in this year's Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and documents this project: Of note in this video: Sediment management included excavation of a new…
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Next steps – Notching?

'Just Notch It' No matter who you speak with about Matilija Dam, the question always comes up; "Why not just take the dam down a bit at a time and let the river gradually remove the sediment?" Indeed, one of the newspaper editorials this summer suggested "that the dam be notched down to the top…
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