More good news in the dam removal world for Rindge Dam comes today following the monumental decision yesterday when PacifiCorp and Warren Buffet have agreed to the full terms of dam removal on the Klamath River, thus clearing a major obstacle in the long, concerted effort to restore one of California’s largest watersheds.
The Commanding General of the US Army Corp of Engineers recently signed the Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration project chief’s report which elevates the report to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and to Congress for consideration of project authorization.
Located in Malibu Creek State Park and surrounding areas in the watershed, the project aims to restore about 525 acres of habitat in the Malibu Creek ecosystem and 18 miles of aquatic habitat connectivity by re-establishing a corridor from the Pacific Ocean to the interior of the Malibu Creek watershed.
The project includes removing the Rindge Dam concrete arch and spillway, an obsolete 100-foot-high nonfederal water supply dam; excavating about 780,000 cubic yards of sediment, which accumulated behind the dam decades ago; and transporting about 276,000 cubic yards of sand-rich material to a near-shore site east of Malibu Pier for temporary down-coast shoreline nourishment. The remaining sediment will be transported to the Calabasas Landfill.
More information about Rindge Dam Removal can be found here.
Why can’t the sediment be allowed to wash downstream gradually like the Elwah dam removal?