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Statement of Purpose


Removing Matilija Dam:

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Benefits from Dam Removal

  • Ecological benefits - Removing the dam and returning the river to its natural, free-flowing state will reopen the historic Steelhead run of the Ventura River. Habitat will be improved for the numerous species that thrived before the building of the dam. Downstream sediment transport, along with other natural processes, will occur unimpeded.

  • Economic benefits -
    • The return of a viable population of Steelhead will rejuvenate a recreational fishery valued at $25 million.
    • Renewed sediment will supply sustainable beaches in Ventura worth $50 million to the local economy for property protection and the tourism and recreation industry.

  • Aesthetic & Recreational benefits - dam removal will provide increased opportunities for outdoor recreation within the restored canyon and Matilija Creek, the Ventura River, and beaches downstream.

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