Solution Sought For Dam Removal

By Daryl Kelley

Faced with the possibility of losing the $155-million Matilija Dam Removal Project, local officials proposed Wednesday a long-discarded alternative for disposing of 2.1 million cubic yards of silt now wedged behind the obsolete dam near Ojai. At a meeting of the local-state-federal committee formed to oversee the dam’s demolition, county officials offered an unexplored option that may save the project by moving it along more quickly and for much less money. A basic study of the new alternative by the federal Bureau of Reclamation could

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