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

Posted on 7/27/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

The dam remediation project consultant, Stantec, is performing a dye test in the lake as efforts continue to determine the cause of water movement that has prevented ODNR from operating the lake at full summer pool since dam safety improvements were completed in late April. Lake levels have remained nearly stable since ODNR lowered the lake level to winter pool in late June as a safety measure and to allow for full inspections of the earthen dam and lake levels.

Stantec will use the dye to determine if the lake level is steady or if it is drawing down and moving elsewhere outside the lake. Several different colors of the non-toxic, biodegradable fluorescent dye will be placed into the lake as the test is performed. Some residual coloration of the lake may be visible up to one week after the dye enters the water.

Additionally, Sunesis Construction workers have completed their improvements to portions of Ohio Route 552 and County Road 105 (Forest Hills Drive) near the lake where both roadways were reconstructed and widened at their junction with Ohio Route 104. The roads were reopened July 26. Ohio Route 104 across the top of the dam remains closed and is scheduled to open before mid-August.

Go to Lake White dam risk reduction project page