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Posted 4/6/2015

Release no. NR15-092

Jeff Hawk
412-395-7503 (fax)
Public Affairs Office 1000 Liberty Avenue 22nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

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, the new contractor, upcoming work and to give the community the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

WHEN:        Thursday, April 16 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 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, and recommends a cutoff wall be constructed within the dam.  Approval for construction was received in August 2011.

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



CONTACT:          Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or Email: CELRP-PA@usace.army.mil

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