The Salinas River diversion facility

AKA "The Rubber Dam"

The rubber dam is located approximately 5 miles up river (south) of the Salinas river mouth. It was built to provide irrigation water and prevent saltwater intrusion. When the dam is raised during the dry months, it creates a pond up river. The planned operation of the dam is:

The dam can be easily portaged on river left. It has a safety bouy up stream, and the water above it is usually either slack or moves slowly as long as the river is not breached.

If there is any significant flow at the Chualar gauge, the dam is probably lowered and boaters should use caution.

Location of the diversion facility