Crews begin removal of 10-story-high concrete dam in Calif.

California begins a three-year, $84 million project to remove the 106-foot-tall San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River, which will "open up 25 miles of upstream tributaries and creeks so endangered steelhead trout can return to their historical spawning grounds." The project will be the state's "largest dam-removal project ever," according to this article. The dam "will be broken down, chipped in pieces," said project manager Jeff Szytel. The 2.5 million cubic yards of accumulated sediment will be blocked off, eventually to be covered with plants. "We don't anticipate doing any blasting," Szytel added.

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