Restoring Steinbeck's Carmel River: The Removal of San Clemente Dam

by Craig A. Hall, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal Geotechnical Engineer; GEI Consultants, Oakland, CA, chall@geiconsultants.com,
Stephen G. Brown, G.E., (M.ASCE), Program Manager of Dam Design Services; Kleinfelder, Denver, CO, sbrown@kleinfelder.com,
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Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 2, Pg. 22-26,28


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: If you've read John Steinbeck's 1945 classic "Cannery Row," then you're already familiar with the Carmel River, which he described as "…a lovely little river. It isn't very long, but in its course it has everything a river should have…" Now, the river has one less—but very significant—landmark on it: the San Clemente Dam. Removal of the structure, which had been located in Monterey County, CA, about 18.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, was the largest dam removal and stream restoration project in California, and was completed in the summer of 2015.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Rivers and streams | Dams | High-rise buildings | Ocean engineering | Historic preservation | California | Pacific Ocean | United States | North America

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