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Scope/Content: Abstract: Dam removal is an increasingly common phenomenon throughout the United States, especially in California where reservoirs are rendered obsolete by infilling with sediment from high yield catchments. This condition is found in the California Coast Ranges, where the Mediterranean climate and active faults contribute to reservoir infilling. This thesis examines five case studies of dams in the California Coast Ranges, which are being considered for removal because they impound infilled reservoirs and prevent threatened steelhead from accessing potential upstream spawning habitat. The objective is to discern lessons about the dam removal planning process for application to future dam removals. Case study analysis focuses on actors involved, the process followed, and an evaluation of risks associated with the proposed removal strategy. A set of recommendations is provided for consideration in development of dam removal planning policies. Scope/Content: Author affiliation: UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Alternative analysis Legal and policy Dams Dam retirement
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