The Carmel River Reroute & San Clemente Dam Removal (CRRDR) Project is the culmination of a long-term effort to resolve the public safety issues associated with San Clemente Dam, while improving access for steelhead to upstream spawning and rearing habitat, sediment transport to the lower river and Carmel River beach, and ecological continuity of aquatic and riparian habitats through the project reach.
San Clemente Dam was removed in the summer of 2015 after two years of construction work to reroute the river, relocate the reservoir sediments, and prepare the site for its new life without the dam or reservoir.
Remaining work on the site includes habitat restoration and removal of a smaller, obsolete dam located downstream of the project site.
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Watch video of dam removal and channel restoration.
Watch introductory video about the project.