MONTARA, California – Montara Mountain is famous for its ability to retain water above and below Highway 1, creating a waterlogged slide plane and the notorious road failures that gave the stretch of roadway its famous nickname.
When workers attempted to stitch the sagging road together by drilling metal cables into the mountainside in 2006 — the ninth repair in 70 years — they were doused with cannonballs of muddy water trapped between the rocks.
These facts gave the Montara Water and Sanitary District hope that, once the Devil’s Slide bypass tunnel project got underway, tunnel workers might discover vast troves of water stored deep in the tunnel rock bed — usable water that could alleviate the water crisis the district has faced since the 1970s.
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Source : San Mateo County Times
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