News

Matilija Dam debris problem

Ventura County Star article published on Sunday, front page of the local section: matilija-dam-debris-might-be-problem Destruction of Matilija Dam hits another wallBy Zeke Barlow One of the reasons to tear down the Matilija Dam was to let all the silt and rock built up behind it to flow down the Ventura River and out to the…
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E.P. Foster

A small celebration was held this weekend to mark E,P. Foster's 161'st birthday. A group of people organized by Sarah Kalvin is forming a foundation to restore some of the history, starting with the Foster House on Ventura Avenue. Ventura's founding father left a legacy that is often overlooked. He donated numerous parcels of land…
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FEMA levee certification

According to the Ojai Valley News: FEMA has been in the process of certifying flood protection levees nationwide. A recent study ordered by FEMA has determined that the Live Oak Acres Levee along the Ventura River, originally constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cannot be certified as meeting FEMA’s new standards. This means…
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Local news – removing Matilija Dam

Our local weekly, VC Reporter, published a story on Matilija Dam and the Ventura River project. Environmentalists finally see progress in removing Matilija DamFederal funds released through spending bills this year set to spur activity for projects around the county $965,000 of the spending bill has been designated to restore the Ventura River, long the…
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Klamath Dam removal study supports sediment releases

A study conducted by private consultants for four dams on the Klamath River confirms statements from experts convened before the Matilija Dam feasibility study was begun: extreme short term impacts from dam removal will pay off in the long run: "our studies show that impacts of releasing the millions of tons of fine sediment stored…
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Church Says No to Silt

Project managers were scheduled to reveal their decision on the slurry disposal at the next Design Oversight Group meeting on February 5th - that meeting has been postponed until March 5th, 2009."Church Says No To Silt Lease - County left without site to put slurry for Matilija Dam demolition"Ojai Valley News, Friday, January 23, 2009.…
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Ventura featured in ‘Making Waves’

this article was published in Surfrider Foundation's Making Waves December 2008: ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT Ventura, California:A Watershed Approach to Restoring Coastal Resources Since 1991, the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working locally to protect and restore coastal resources. Initially spurred by beach erosion and degraded water quality at Surfers’ Point, the chapter…
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Matilija Dam – Alternative Slurry Design

Additional Comments on Matilija Dam Final Design – Slurry Disposal Letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Via e-mail: Douglas.E.Chitwood@usace.army.mil During the Design Oversight Group meeting of December 4, 2008, project managers indicated that a decision would be made on slurry disposal (by Feb 2009) based upon the alternatives presented at the meeting. These alternatives…
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Matilija Hot Springs Resort

The sign at the entrance to the Matilija Hot Springs below the dam tells the history. From 1887 until the 1980's, the hot springs drew people from afar for the healing properties of the natural springs as well as the scenic natural beauty of the area and renowned fishing. In 1947 as plans were made…
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Matilija Dam – slurry design

At the December 4th Design Oversight Group (DOG) meeting, the Corps of Engineers presented further information on the details of the proposed slurry operations. Standard slurry operations discharge the spoils into a temporary pool formed by sand berms. Dredged sand deposits in the pool, and slurry water flows out. (This can be seen every year…
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