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ODNR given emergency procedures approval, moving dam repair forward

Posted on 8/6/2015 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

The United States Army Corps of Engineers granted ODNR special processing for the urgent permit necessary to move forward on Buckeye Lake Dam repairs.

ODNR is in the process of implementing the non-structural interim risk reduction measures, including maintaining the lake at the winter season level. The next step is to proceed as quickly as possible with structural interim risk reduction measures to further ensure public safety. This will primarily consist of the construction of an embankment stabilization berm and seepage barrier along the entire 4.1-mile-long dam embankment.

In order to proceed, ODNR applied for a “declaration of public exigency” in accordance with the emergency provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. This permit was issued in response to a letter sent on July 20, 2015, and will allow for further risk reduction measures to begin immediately, making way for the proposed design for the new dam construction.


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