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The San Clemente Dam used to lie on the Carmel River. However, in 1992, the dam was deemed unsafe due to seismic activity in the area. What followed was, the largest dam removal project to occur in California.
Apr 21 2017 | ... & the West Blog
The language of the West evolved a distinctive vocabulary around an element that is essential, often missing, and feared when too much of it comes too fast.
California’s overlooked methane outputs, a NASA effort to help improve western water management strategies through snowpack research, a recent court ruling in California that could boost the state’s fledgling cap-and-trade program and more.
Apr 17 2017 | Out West student blog
The steelhead endangerment declaration and a dam's failed seismic review ushered in a new era for the Carmel River.
Performances of the multimedia work The Colorado on April 21 and 22 headline Stanford Live's Imagining the West series, which includes a conversation with National Geographic photographer Pete McBride.
The rural western United States has long symbolized a rugged individualism, a simple, rewarding lifestyle against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery America has to offer. But that lifestyle and beautiful scenery are being threatened by economic, social and environmental forces that are growing in intensity.
Mar 24 2017 | ... & the West Blog
It is not a good time for the Central Valley's flood infrastructure to function below capacity. Just as the drought was epic, the snowmelt of 2017, arriving in the next few months, may be epic as well.

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