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Buckeye Lake: 2016 record year for dredging

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

Ohio State Parks has concluded its dredging activities for 2016.  A record total of 293,228 cubic yards of material were removed from Buckeye Lake April-November, 2016 surpassing the 2015 record of 139,000 cubic yards.

Dredging removes sediments that build up in navigation channels and enhances water quality by removing phosphorus load from the lake.  Removing the buildup of lake sediment helps ensure safe navigation.

Ohio State Parks has developed the following priority planning for dredge activity during remediation of the Buckeye Lake Dam: 1). maintain navigable waterway channels from selected shallow water areas to deep water areas of the lake; 2). maintain navigable waterway channels to islands on the lake in support of emergency response needs; and 3). maintain navigable waterways to key business locations situated around the lake.

Winter months will be used to construct dredge material relocation areas or DMRAs, along with repair and maintenance of equipment.  The 2017 dredge season will start in early April and conclude the third week of November depending upon weather conditions.  The areas targeted for dredging at Buckeye Lake will hinge on available DMRA properties, as ODNR is continually looking for new locations to construct DMRAs.  ODNR is asking for community support in identifying different areas for the dredge program to pursue a lease agreement with the property owner.  They are looking for areas five (5) acres or larger. ODNR is working on property agreements to construct DMRAs on the east end of the lake; this area of Buckeye Lake has the highest amount of sediment.

Click here to download a Q&A for additional information on dredging at Buckeye Lake.

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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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