Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times / September 19, 2011
A picture says a thousand words. In this case, tens of thousands of words.
"Tear the thing down already."
This is a dam that should be removed.
Built in 1947, the 200-foot Matilija Dam, near Ojai, California, was flawed from the onset; depriving beaches 17 miles downstream of the sand they need to replenish themselves and a huge obstacle for steelhead trout, an endangered species.
Environmentalists, fishermen, surfers and officials from every level of government have called for demolishing the obsolete structure.