A quick look at the San Vicente Dam-raising project
Posted by George J Janczyn on October 13, 2009
It has been about three months since the official groundbreaking for the San Vicente Dam raising project. The dam is currently 220 feet tall and when completed, will be 117 feet taller, increasing its holding capacity from 90,000 acre-feet to 242,000 acre-feet. My earlier post on the groundbreaking has links for additional details on the project. Access to the dam site is restricted, but I’m on the waiting list for a project tour (which hasn’t been scheduled yet) and plan to report periodically on progress.
I was able to take a few pictures from outside the guarded entrance to the area. From that location only about half the dam is visible, the spillway near the tower is in the middle of the dam). There will be plenty of blasting of the canyon walls on both sides of the dam, and probably beneath the foot of the dam as well. There was activity on the big hill on the left, and in the second picture, look above the dam on the right side of the canyon. You can see work done where the raised dam will make contact. Imagine operating the tractor that had to dig that road/trail to get up there!
(See also this June construction update for a good picture showing the entire face of the dam)
[Nov 18: SDCWA has posted a photographic tour of the dam site on their website]