Salinas Dam Disposition Study

Salinas Dam is in San Luis Obispo County, about eight miles east of the City of San Luis Obispo, at the headwaters of the Salinas River in the Los Machos Hills.

Constructed during World War II to supply water to Camp San Luis Obispo, the dam and reservoir were transferred to the Corps in 1955. The Corps retains custody and accountability of the Salinas Dam, its structures and the surrounding federal lands.

The County of San Luis Obispo has used the facility since 1947 and holds two outgrants administered by the Corps – the first is to operate the dam and reservoir, which includes the authority to store water and supply water to any holder of a valid permit from the Department of Water Resources, State of California; and the second outgrant is for use as a public park and recreational facility.

Disposition studies are authorized under Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970 to review the operation of completed Corps’ projects. The Salinas Dam Disposition Study will determine whether there is sufficient federal interest in retention of the dam, it’s structures and the surrounding federal lands or if ownership and operation should be transferred to a non-federal entity.

Public Scoping Comment Period ends November 20.

For further information, please contact USACE at the following address:

Kenneth Wong CESPL-PD-RQ
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
915 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017