Each winter, the District conducts a full cleaning of 21 miles of the Canal loop from Clyde to the Martinez Reservoir (see map below.) The annual cleaning is performed during the winter months when water usage is low and customer impacts can be minimized. The cleaning, which typically takes three months, is safely managed by District crews by utilizing equipment to push the accumulated sediment from the sides and bottom of the Canal. The sediment is then removed with a crane for final disposal.
This year, certain portions of the Canal trail will be closed temporarily during the cleaning. Signs will be posted on the trail in advance.