Researchers Study Response of the Carmel River and Steelhead Following Removal of San Clemente Dam

SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Tommy Williams and team returned to the Carmel River to survey juvenile steelhead after the 2015 removal of the San Clemente Dam and the epic rains last winter. He talks with KQED Science about the changes in the river and how they benefit this threatened species.

Biologists Watch Steelhead Return After Historic Dam Removal
KQED Science, September 7, 2017

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Landscape and Seascape Ecology Team

(September 8, 2017)

Carmel River, July 2017

Carmel River upstream of former San Clemente Dam and reservoir, July 2017. High stream flow events in January and February 2017 resulted in very active sediment transport and delivery of large wood to what was previously a very simplified stream channel prior to the removal of San Clemente Dam in August 2015.