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Buckeye Lake Dam: Phase One Completed, Lake Levels to Raise

Posted on 5/26/2016 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

Today the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months –nearly one year ahead of schedule– allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake.

The first phase of the Buckeye Lake improvements are now complete and provide the community and the residents downstream with a structure that offers significant protections against potential dam failure, as well as allowing for interim water levels to be raised above winter pool. The new seepage barrier and stability berm have been planned and constructed just 15 months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deemed the lake to be at risk for catastrophic failure and had recommended draining the lake.


Please be aware: for your safety, crossing the fence to the Embankment Stability Berm is prohibited except for emergency responders and authorized personnel. Do no cross the fence for any reason.


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