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Stanford plans to remove Lagunita Dam

Original post made on Mar 2, 2018

Stanford University officials are looking at tearing down Lagunita Dam and restoring habitat for endangered steelhead in the San Francisquito Creek.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:56 AM

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Posted by Angry and Confused
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Mar 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

Why?!?! That dam can catch and hold so many Lagunitas. What a waste.

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Posted by cheers, mate!
a resident of Woodside School
on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm

"so many Lagunitas"

'Lagunitas' are no longer as rare as they were previously. Heck, the sub-species "IPA" are commonly available in many dining establishmnets.

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Posted by Angry and Confused
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:27 pm

True the store-bought variety are everywhere, but fresh caught, straight from an ice-cold creek on a hot summer's day.....nothing like it!

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Posted by it's hopless
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm

you guys are hilarious!

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Posted by Jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

The often-overlooked “Rossottis” can be found further upstream where they bask in the relatively social quiet of their ancestral home.
Unfortunately their downstream kin (‘The Oasis’ frys) have not nearly been as lucky as of late and not of the ‘spawning-profuse’ variety. Cheers.

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Posted by Earle Jones
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Is Searsville Dam next?

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Posted by Cross Post
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 3, 2018 at 9:00 am

An interesting post at the sister publication.

"Marie is a registered user.
What is the opinion of the Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority(SFCJPA) and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Control Board (WCB) on this plan. These opinions are missing from this otherwise wonderful article. The WCB has been vocal about the need for upstream improvements to reduce the impact of flooding (most notably in 1998) of the San Francisquito Creek.

The article above includes "5.50-acre terraced floodplain on the Alpine side" which is very encouraging. Now we need to hear from SFCJPA and WSB to see if this is sufficient. If so, this is a major win-win.

It would be great if the PA Weekly will follow up with an article on the reaction of the SFCJPA and the WCB on Stanford's plan to remove the Lagunita Dam.

The Lagunita Dam. IMHO, is a great example of how dams don't prevent flooding and can in fact worsen the impact, as they fill up with sediment."

Much more of this comment at
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Posted by Lyle
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Stanford has fought removing this harmful and unused dam for 2 decades. Only a lawsuit and judge order forced them to take it out. The same will happen with Searsville Dam upstream. It’s too bad the university doesn’t take the initiative and save a lot of time and other people’s money. This is great news for our creek. Let’s see how much longer Stanford drags their feet on doing the same at Searsville.

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Posted by Sally T
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Wonder to read. Stanford is catching on. Searsville Dam coming down next.

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Posted by Question
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 4, 2018 at 2:32 am

I’m not good with all the geography/places they mention in the article. Does this have any implications for Lake Lagunita on Stanford campus? Thanks

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Posted by Mark Iosty
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 4, 2018 at 4:31 am

Seems to me if they want to help the steelhead they need to get them back in the bay that far south past the sewer plants to even approach the mouth of the creek (San fransquito)!

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Posted by Mark Iosty
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 4, 2018 at 4:41 am

The harm is the bay at the mouth of the creek! No steelhead since the forties.....SEWAGE PLANTS !!!!!

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Adult steelhead still regularly run up SF Creek. Check Beyond Searsville Dam’s website and Facebook page for images and videos. Right now is a good time to look for them. Local groups have removed almost all the barriers blocking their migration, including putting pressure on Stanford for over a decade to remove this one. Next we need the university to show leadership and remove Searsville Dam. With that, steelhead would be seen spawning alongside trails at the base of Windy Hill preserve in Portola Valley and Stanford would earn the environmental stewardship claims they make.

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