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National Award for Buckeye Lake Dam Project

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was awarded the Association of State Dam Safety Officials’ (ASDSO) 2019 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award today for Buckeye Lake Dam. The project was finished in November 2018—two years earlier than initially expected and more than $40 million under budget.

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East Reservoir: Cat Swamp to Temporarily Refill Until Work Resumes

Posted on 7/23/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Last week, water levels at Cat Swamp on the East Reservoir were lowered to allow ODNR to inspect the malfunction in the gatehouse. The project team has identified the issue and will install a long-term solution in the coming weeks. ODNR will provide updates when maintenance is scheduled, and repairs will take approximately 1–3 days to complete. Cat Swamp will be temporarily refilled on July 24 until work resumes. We appreciate your continued patience.

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East Reservoir: Cat Swamp Being Lowered for Maintenance

Posted on 7/19/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

On July 17, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Parks & Watercraft staff detected a malfunction in the East Reservoir gatehouse during routine operations. In response to the issue, ODNR will isolate and lower Cat Swamp by 2–3 feet starting Friday, July 19, until inspections and maintenance are completed. East Reservoir lake will remain at normal levels. ODNR will provide updates as necessary.

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Portage Lakes North Reservoir: Prelimary work underway

Posted on 6/27/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Preliminary work activities for the North Reservoir Dam project have begun. Deposits of sand are being placed around the east embankment to compact soft soils in this area. The sand will remain in place for the duration of dam construction.

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East Reservoir: Filling Cat Swamp and Final Construction Activities in June

Posted on 5/24/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

The Cat Swamp has been refilled and once final inspections are completed, access will return for the boating season.

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Lake White: Filter berm improvements planned for 2019

Posted on 4/8/2019 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

ODNR will begin the process of drawing down Lake White to winter pool on November 1. ODNR staff will lower the gates in six-inch increments over the course of the drawdown.

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Portage Lakes North Reservoir: Dam Improvement Design Work Continues

Posted on 3/15/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Final design work continues in coordination with Tetra Tech for improvements to the North Reservoir Dam in Portage Lakes State Park. ODNR has applied for the required permits; once they are received construction can begin. Plans call for final design work to be completed in spring. ODNR plans to hold a public open house to share project information before construction begins.

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