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Mar 09 2012

Horse Creek Dam Demolition and Habitat Restoration Footage

Today we have a video of another dam demolition, this time on Horse Creek in Santa Barbara County in southern California to help restore habitat for steelhead. The Vimeo site for the video explains some of the background of the steelhead habitat study and the destruction of the dam:

In October 2006, a diverse group of stakeholders spent two days camping near the dam and preparing it with explosives that blew concrete sky high to open more than 19 miles of historic steelhead habitat and improve stream flows. This documentary was produced in coordination with Thomas B. Dunklin Productions and with funding from DFG. Post dam removal monitoring was conducted during the summer of 2007 where adequate fish passage conditions were observed at the former dam site, steelhead were observed in the Sisquoc River near the mouth of Horse Creek, and red-legged frogs, pond turtles, and riparian bird species were observed at the restored former dam site. Stoecker Ecological continues to study the natural restoration and evolution of the stream channel at the former reservoir site to document the rapid renewal of habitat and wildlife to Horse Creek.

Horse Creek Damolition- Restoring Southern Steelhead with Dam Removal from Matt Stoecker on Vimeo.

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