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Posted 10/27/2017

Release no. 17-032

Carol E. Vernon
412-680-5904 (cell)
1000 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

Corps to host East Branch Dam Safety Project Public Meeting, Nov. 8

WHO:          The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District

WHAT:        The Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting to discuss the progress and activities of its East Branch Dam Safety Project.

The goal of the public meeting is to provide an update about the Dam Safety Project, progress of construction, local emergency planning activities and the East Branch Lake facilities to give the community the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

WHEN:       Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:   Johnsonburg High School Auditorium, 315 High School Road, Johnsonburg, PA 15845     

WHY:        Public safety is the number one priority of the Corps' Dam Safety Program. In 2008, the Pittsburgh District initiated a dam safety investigation into seepage-related concerns at East Branch Clarion River Lake located near Johnsonburg in western Pennsylvania. To reduce the risk to the public, Pittsburgh District implemented several interim risk reduction measures including increased monitoring, 24 hours-seven-days-a-week staffing, updated emergency action plans and reduced water levels in the reservoir to relieve pressure on the dam. These and other short-term actions allow us to operate the dam and to meet our public safety objective until long term repairs are complete. A Dam Safety Modification Study was completed and approved in October 2010, which recommended a cutoff wall be constructed within the dam. The cutoff wall construction was awarded in August 2014. The cutoff-wall demonstration section commenced in April 2017 and full production is anticipated to start in the near future.

The district is currently operating East Branch Dam and Reservoir under a lowered pool to reduce risk as part of the Dam Safety Initiative. The dam is continuing to provide additional water to maintain downstream water quality and temperature.

For more information, visit: www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lakes/EastBranchClarionRiverLake.aspx




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