In a recent development, Stanford University has been ordered to remove their abandoned and environmentally harmful Lagunita Diversion Dam from the mainstem of San Francisquito Creek.
Environmental groups, including Beyond Searsville Dam, San Francisquito Watershed Council, American Rivers and CalTrout, have been urging Stanford for decades to remove Lagunita and Searsville Dams. These dams block over 10 miles of steelhead habitat, impeding the recovery of the threatened fish. We’ll continue working to ensure the removal of Searsville Dam isn’t far behind.
While legal wrangling over the fate of Searsville Dam continues, Stanford University is preparing to remove the smaller, defunct Lagunita Diversion Dam.
Both dams have been damned by environmental groups such as National Marine Fisheries Service, San Francisquito Watershed Council and Beyond Searsville Dam for allegedly threatening the endangered steelhead trout population.
Read the full article in the Times Herald News here.