Stanford’s Searsville Dam Draws More Controversey, Calls For Removal

The calls for the removal of Stanford University’s Searsville Dam seem to be multiplying. The 65′ high dam — built in the late 1890s — has lost over 90% of its capacity to silt, and calls to restore the San Francisquito Creek watershed to its former glory as a steelhead stream are coming from luminaries like Patagonia founder Yvon Chounaird.

This ABC News story offers an overview of the Searsville Dam removal issue, which is slowly picking up steam:

We’re happy to see Stanford studying its options with Searsville Dam, especially those that will lead to a restoration of endangered steelhead to San Francisquito Creek.