San Vicente Dam Raise
San Vicente Dam originally stood at 220 feet and could store up to 90,000 acre-feet of water. The dam raise project increased the height of the dam by 117 feet – the tallest dam raise in the United States and the tallest of its type in the world. The raised dam will store up to an additional 152,000 acre-feet of water, more than doubling the capacity of the original reservoir.
In June 2009, crews began the preparatory work to raise San Vicente Dam an additional 117 feet. The new dam reached its full height in late 2012, and new instrumentation and outlet facilities were completed in spring 2014. Further work to construct the new marina and to restore the site will continue through 2016.
The design and construction of the dam raise has been closely monitored by the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams, to ensure the new dam is built to the highest safety standards.
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