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Lake White: Lake levels, boat removal notice

Posted on 6/23/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

Until the cause of the decreasing water levels at Lake White can be determined, we are encouraging everyone to remove their boats from the water.

This request is being made in order to prevent any damage that might occur to vessels as the water is intentionally lowered to investigate this unusual occurrence.

Please continue to check our website at http://engineering.ohiodnr.gov/ for updates.

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Lake White: Lake Level Being Reduced to Examine Drop in Water Levels

Posted on 6/23/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

ODNR is currently investigating an unidentified source of water movement at the Lake White reservoir. This unusual occurrence is potentially the cause of lower water levels around the lake.

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Indian Lake: New labyrinth spillway beginning to take shape

Posted on 6/21/2017 by Engineering in Indian Lake Dam

The labyrinth design being used in constructing a new spillway at Indian Lake Dam near Russells Point is beginning to take shape. Near continuous preparation, forming and pouring of concrete has resulted in substantial construction progress during recent weeks during the initial construction phase that concentrates work on the western half of the spillway. When completed, a secondary construction phase will focus on replacing the remainder of the old spillway that remains intact and presently handles the discharge of lake water. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to observe the presence of workers and equipment at the work site, which is adjacent to the state highway at the spillway.

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Lake White: Water level drop still being analyzed; dam is safe

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

Inspections of the Lake White Dam continue to indicate that the new dam is safe and operating properly. ODNR engineers are working closely with the dam design engineers to do a complete water analysis to determine why the water levels are dropping. ODNR continues to investigate all possible options and monitor the situation. Updates will be provided as the test results become available.

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Mt. Gilead: Upper dam improvements update

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Engineering in Mt. Gilead Lake Lower Dam

The new dam and spillway structure at Mt. Gilead State Park along Ohio Route 95 in Morrow County remains under construction. In recent weeks workers have completed installing basin slabs, upstream wing walls and structural anchors. Work on the walls, stems, embankment placement and concrete polishing remains ongoing and should be completed within the next 30 days. Also, work soon will resume on sediment removal and building the training wall concrete forms as part of the Upper Dam improvements. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2017.

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Lake White: Dam Is Safe with Recent Drop in Lake Level

Posted on 6/9/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

The outflow at the drains at the toe of the dam is due to an abundance of groundwater.

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Portage Lakes: East Reservoir; Notice to proceed issued by ODNR

Posted on 6/7/2017 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

ODNR has issued a Notice to Proceed to The Ruhlin Company, of Sharon Center, to begin construction on improvements to the East Reservoir Dam in Portage Lakes State Park. The notice follows the May 22 approval by the State Controlling Board of ODNR’s request to release capital appropriations totaling $29,609,404 for dam improvements. Project construction will begin this summer with substantial completion scheduled for end of 2018 and final completion in Spring, 2019.

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