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NOVEMBER LUNCH MEETING: San Clemente Dam Removal and Carmel River Reroute - Water Systems Consulting

Known as the largest dam removal and river restoration project in California’s history, the nationally recognized San Clemente Dam Removal and Carmel River Reroute Project is setting a precedent for future dam removal and river restoration projects.

Since its construction in 1921, the 106 foot high dam had posed a significant barrier to steelhead migrations and restricted access to 25 miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat. In recent years, the dam ceased to serve a useful purpose having lost approximately 95 percent of its storage capacity due to more than 2.5 million cubic yards of sediment that had built up behind it.

Upon being deemed seismically unsafe by the California Division of Safety of Dams, a public/private partnership formed between California American Water (SCD Owner) the California State Coastal Conservancy, and National Marine Fisheries Service to resolve the seismic issue as well as restore the natural ecosystem. Overall, the Project is expected to improve water quality, sediment transfer, fish passage and aquatic habitat, and to restore natural character and function to the water bodies and upland habitats both within the project footprint and on a watershed level.

Water Systems Consulting, Inc. (WSC) has been managing the project for California American Water since 2009, and for the last three years has served as Construction Manager for this $83 million, multi-stakeholder project. Dylan Wade, who serves as the Resident Project Representative for the multi-year design-build project will discuss the project design, funding and multi-stakeholder process, construction considerations, restoration goals and approaches, and the projects lasting benefits. Nearing the end of the third year of construction, the Carmel River is ready to flow in its newly constructed channel.

Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Date & Time:
Thursday November 19, 2015 - 12:00 pm (noon)

Members and Guests $25* by RSVP ($30 at the door)
Students $10

*NOTE: The cost of lunch has increased to $25/person due to increasing restaurant prices.

We ask if you sign-up, please be sure to attend - some venues will charge the Branch for every seat we reserve, regardless of the actual attendance. If for any reason you will not be able to attend, please contact Kyle Martinez ahead of time to be removed from the guest list. If you have specific dietary restrictions or have questions, please contact Kyle Martinez.



1. Vegetarian Lasagna with marinara sauce

2. Roast Turkey Breast

3. Chicken Piccata


Caesar salad

Baby red potatoes


Caramel dutch apple cobbler

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Interested in sponsoring a future meeting? A $200 donation to our scholarship fund will also bring you recognition at the meeting and in our newsletter following the meeting. Please contact Liz Moody for more information.

ASCE Student Chapter
Cal Poly SCE meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. All members of ASCE are invited and encouraged to attend. Please see the SCE website for information regarding special events and ongoing activities.

Click here for Student Chapter Website.


Newsletter and President's Message

Current Edition
JULY 2013 (pdf) (condensed)
  President's Message
JULY 2013



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