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Stanford University Wants To Keep Controversial Dam

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A view of the front of Searsville Dam in 2013.

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(AP) - Stanford University has outlined its plans for a defunct 19th-century dam in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Environmental groups say Stanford's Searsville dam blocks vital water flows for native steelhead trout and other species. They have urged the university to remove the 1892 dam and let the area's Corde Madera Creek flow freely again.

A Stanford University task force released a long-awaited proposal on the dam's future last week. The task force's report recommends opening a hole at the base of the dam to let water and fish flow. The school says the best alternative would be letting the dam fill with sediment and providing a fish ladder.

The Stanford report argues the dam's reservoir is now an important wetlands, and says the dam should not be removed.