San Clemente Dam Removal Tour, Carmel River
The removal of San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River in 2015 was the third-tallest dam removed intentionally thus far globally. Part of the day will be spent with researchers from NMFS and USGS concerning studies of sediment movement and channel changes following dam removal and high flow events following the dam removal.
Moving downstream from the former dam location, the other portion of the tour day will be led by Carmel River Steelhead Association, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, Trout Unlimited, Santa Lucia Conservancy, and Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. MPWMD staff will lead a tour of their Sleepy Hollow Steelhead Rearing Facility, an unique facility where natural-origin juvenile O. mykiss are relocated when mainstem Carmel River flows critically low. CRSA will provide overview of their efforts to relocate juvenile O. mykiss that are collected and relocated within the watershed when tributary flows are critically.
The tour will conclude in the lower portion of the Carmel River watershed where the Rancho Cañada Golf Course is being removed and habitat restoration efforts are underway. Staff from the Santa Lucia Conservancy, MPRPD, and MPRPD will provide an overview of project and brief site tour of the restoration site.