Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Ojai Quarry After January storms

According to news reports, "With 9.51 inches of rain, the Matilija Dam area north of Ojai was the soggiest place in the county." A visit to the Ojai Quarry showed the power of water to move sediment downstream. We have been documenting impacts to the river since a landslide blocked the creek in 2006.

Flows on North Fork Matilija Creek peaked at around 800 cfs (cubic feet per second) on Jan 4th. Although much of the smaller debris from the slide moved downstream, obstacles still remain for migratory steelhead, and future storms will continue to cause further erosion into the stream.