Stanford recently named five faculty members to a committee designed to determine the future of Searsville Dam. The new committee, however, has sparked some concern among due to its lack of representation from the outside community or local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Five Stanford faculty members specializing in environmental science, history and law have been named to a committee tasked with studying the Searsville Dam for the next two years. The committee will consider the needs of the University, the surrounding community and the environment in order to recommend a course of action for its future.
Stanford has started assembling a committee for the comprehensive study of Searsville Dam, the contentious landmark in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve whose future has remained undecided for decades. According to Jasper Ridge Director Philippe Cohen, the committee will decide the fate of the dam within two years.
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The current draft of the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) covers many of the University’s current activities and several new activities at Searsville Dam, but the agreement makes no clear commitments to dealing with long-term changes to the controversial structure…