The 2009 Station Fire was the largest fire in the Los Angeles County recorded history and burned over 160,000 acres before containment. Generally, it takes five years or more for a watershed to recover from a wildfire. Heavy sedimentation from the denuded ground surface is expected to accumulate in the Los Angeles County Flood Control District’s reservoirs during the recovery period which will reduce the reservoirs' storage capacity and potentially cover and/or damage dam outlet works critical for flood control. Several of the District’s reservoirs have been impacted by this sedimentation and require immediate attention. Over the next several years, the District will strive to maintain operations by removing sediment from the reservoirs. This will restore flood capacity and full operability of the outlet works as well as maximize water conservation efforts.
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