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We've come a long way since then. In recent years, all sides recognized that we had to start listening to each other and work together or we would become hopelessly mired in endless rounds of recriminations and litigation — and no one would win. Not the river. Not the urban areas that need water for growth.
Tim Frahm, the Central Coast steelhead coordinator for Trout Unlimited, said the deal brings the conservation partners much closer to reviving the Carmel River.
“In 1999, the Carmel River was ranked as one of America’s most threatened rivers,” Frahm said in the statement. “Today the outline of a deal is in place that — combined with the recent San Clemente Dam Removal Project — offers real hope of making the Carmel one of the nation’s most restored waterways.”
Aside from just returning water to the river, Sutton says the plan is to restore both the floodplain on the property, as well as the riparian habitat along the river.
It's a vision that Tim Frahm, Central Coast steelhead coordinator for Trout Unlimited, sees as a key part of the river's historic recovery.
"In 1999, the Carmel River was ranked as one of America’s most threatened rivers," he said in the statement. "Today, the outline of a deal is in place that—combined with the recent San Clemente Dam removal project—offers real hope of making the Carmel one of the nation’s most restored waterways."
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