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The Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal Project was the largest dam removed in California to date and was supported by a large constituency of elected officials, government agencies, conservation organizations, and the public. It demonstrates that when public and private interests work together, benefits are realized far beyond what either could achieve alone.

The State Coastal Conservancy, National Marine Fisheries Services, and California American Water represent the core project team.  Below is a short description of Project Team and their respective roles:

California American Water.

CAW was the owner of the dam and the majority of funding for the project came from CAW customers ($49 million) as part of their agreement to resolve the dam’s public safety problem.

Contact: J. Aman Gonzaiez, Project Manager

**For Media Inquiries: Catherine A. Stedman, Manager of External Affairs or (831) 646-3208.

Water Systems Consulting (WSC)

WSC was the CAW contracted Project Manager for the project.

Contact: Jeff Syztel, Project Manager or (805) 457-8833 ext. 101

State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)

SCC is the State of California lead for the project.  SCC oversaw management of the public funding portion of the project and represented the State in project design, construction and permitting decisions.

Contact: Trish Chapman, Central Coast Program Manager (510) 286-0749

National Marine Fisheries Service
NMFS is the federal lead for the project and represents the federal oversight of the project design, construction and permitting decisions to best advance the recovery of steelhead on the Carmel River.

Contact: Erin Seghesio or (707) 575-6064

Granite Construction
Granite Construction was the selected Design-Build construction contractor responsible for implementing the project. Contact: Bill McGowan


AECOM served as the Owner’s Representative to California American Water.
Contact: Seth Gentzler

Technical Review Team

The State Coastal Conservancy convened a Technical Review Team (TRT) composed of experts in the various technical fields to review and comment on the technical studies.

Project Supporters
See our broad list of project supporters here.

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