Searsville Dam Fish Passage

Searsville Dam Fish Passage

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Project Goal:

Ensure long-term passage for juvenile and adult steelhead in San Francisquito Creek beyond Searsville Dam on San Francisquito Creek by working with Stanford University, resource agency, non-profit, and other partners, and ensure long-term dam removal remains a priority in this watershed.

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Project Stages

Relationship Building



Estimated Completion Date:


Project Funders

Privately funded

Fish Affected:

Project Description

For over a century, Stanford’s antiquated Searsville Dam has impacted the local watershed and the greater San Francisco Bay estuary by blocking the flow of much-needed sediment and steelhead into and out of San Francisquito Creek. The dam remains a barrier to steelhead migration on San Francisquito Creek, greatly reducing the amount of habitat that is accessible and prohibiting their recovery. CalTrout is partnering with Stanford University, local citizens groups, and conservation partners to find a way to provide volitional fish passage in the short-term and eventually restore ecological function and habitat along San Francisquito Creek with the removal of Searsville Dam.

Project Partners:

Stanford University

San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Midpeninsula Open Space Resource District

Beyond Searsville Dam

Private citizens

NOAA Fisheries