A New Dam in California—Piece-of-Cake!

by William R. Everest, Barrett Consulting Group, Barrett Consulting Group,
Robert H. Born, Barrett Consulting Group, Barrett Consulting Group,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


It initially appeared that a series of insurmountable roadblocks would prevent the City of Morro Bay from constructing a new dam and water supply reservoir on San Bernardo Creek near the City. However, careful and diligent planning has shown that these obstacles can be overcome. Initial studies have shown that a 130-foot high earthfill dam and 4,200 acre-foot reservoir could be constructed for 10 million to meet the City's supplemental needs. But how could the City offset existing project protests by downstream landowners claiming vested water rights? How could the State's fisheries management agency be convinced that the project could be built without adversely affecting downstream steelhead trout fisheries and wildlife habitat? The paper discusses these and other problems, as well as unique solutions proposed in order to develop a new surface water supply in Morro Bay, California.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Rivers and streams | Dams | Bays | Municipal water | Aquatic habitats | Water rights | Water supply | California | United States

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