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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Owned High-hazard, Unsafe
Dams Managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
High-Hazard, Unsafe Dam Revitalization Program Update
As of July 24, 2014
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  • The Fish & Boat Commission manages 20 Commonwealth-owned dams that were, or currently are, considered as high-hazard, unsafe.
  • High-hazard, unsafe dams have deficiencies of such a nature that if not corrected and the dams were to fail, substantial property damage and a probable loss of human life could occur.
  • Criteria used to identify the highest priority dam repairs include the number of people impacted by any potential failure, cost of repairs, immediacy of needed repairs, contributions and funding commitments by local partners, economic impact of the dam structure, recreational fishing and boating opportunities, and other variables or identified benefits.
  • Two projects have been removed from high-hazard, unsafe status; six projects are 100% funded and construction activities are complete; five projects are 100% funded with design or repair work expected to begin in 2014 and 2015.
  • Estimated construction funding of $31.5 million is needed to address seven high-hazard, unsafe dams, and an estimated $15 to $20 million is needed for phase 2 of the Hereford Manor Lakes dam replacement project.
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High-Hazard, Unsafe Dams - PFBC Managed
PA map showing deficient dams
Name of Dam County Construction Costs.
Red=Estimated
Black=Actual
(millions)
Construction Funding Status Project Status Additional Information
Meadow Grounds Fulton $4.0 to $5.0 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Donegal* Westmoreland $4.7 Unidentified Design in progress. Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Belmont Wayne $3.5 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Minsi* Northampton $3.1 Unidentified Design in progress. Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Somerset* Somerset $7.0 Unidentified Additional spillway work identified and reported on 4/17/13 that will require $384,000 in additional design funding and $2 million more in construction funding. Additonal needed design funding provided by GBO (Governor’s Budget Office) on 7/23/14. nearby lakes lake info
Kyle* Jefferson $4.2 Unidentified Design in progress. Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Lower Woods Wayne $5.0 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Hereford Manor – Phase II Beaver $12.0 Unidentified PFBC and local groups developed Phase II plans for the construction of a single replacement dam concept. Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Glade Run* Butler $4.3 100% funded
1. GBO - $2.0 million
2. PFBC – $2.0 million
3. Glade Run Lake Conservancy - $300,000
Dam upgrades currently under design and permitting phase with construction activities expected to begin in 2015. nearby lakes lake info
Speedwell Forge* Lancaster $6.4 100% funded
1. GBO - $5 million
2. PFBC/FEMA - $1.4 million
Dam upgrades currently under design and permitting phase with construction activities expected to begin in 2014.
(Speedwell Forge & other High-Hazard Dams presentation – Nov. 16, 2011)
nearby lakes lake info
Nessmuk Tioga $1.0 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $1.0 million
PFBC engineering staff designed repairs. PFBC construction crews began performing modifications in March 2014. nearby lakes lake info
Canonsburg* Washington $2.216 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $2.216 million
Work completed. nearby lakes lake info
Dutch Fork* Washington $4.4 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $4.284 million
2. PFBC/GG2 - $114,556.04
Work completed. nearby lakes lake info
Stevens Wyoming $3.5 No costs Dam removed from High-Hazard, unsafe list. Calculations certified by DEP that dam has capacity to manage 52% of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP). nearby lakes lake info
Colyer* Centre $7.2 100% funded
1. GBO - $5.85 million
2. Save Colyer Lake Inc. - $100,000
3. PFBC/Act 89 - $1.25 million
Dam upgrades currently under design and permitting phase with construction activities expected to begin in 2014. nearby lakes lake info
Virgin Run Fayette $4.2 $125,000 Dam removed from High-Hazard, unsafe list. Funding provided by PFBC for the acquisition of a downstream property and house. nearby lakes lake info
Lower Hereford Manor*
Upper Hereford Manor*
Beaver $3.1 100% funded Phase 1
1. H2o PA - $3.1 million
Phase 1 breach complete. nearby lakes lake info
Opossum Cumberland $3.3 100% funded
1. GBO - $1.45 million
2. Cumberland County/DEP GG2 - $609,000
3. Lower Frankford Twp. - $90,000
4. PFBC/GG2 - $1.25 million
Work completed. nearby lakes lake info
Leaser Lehigh $3.5 100 % funded
1. GBO - $1.45 million
2. PFBC/GG2 - $316,000
3. DCNR/GG2 - $750,000
4. DEP/GG2 - $500,000
5. Lehigh County - $500,000
Work completed. nearby lakes lake info
Tamarack Crawford $11.9 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $11.9 million
Grant awarded in November 2012, DGS working with PFBC to secure a design professional. nearby lakes lake info
*Indicates engineering and design fees funded by GBO. Final fees based on roughly 15 to 20 percent of estimated construction costs.
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Pennsylvania Lakes -- Funding
Leaser Lake Opossum Lake Virgin Run Lake Lake Nessmuk Stevens Lake Speedwell Forge Lake Lake Somerset Minsi Lake Lower Woods Pond Tamarack Lake Kyle Lake Glade Run Lake Dutch Fork Lake Donegal Lake Meadow Grounds Lake Colyer Lake Canonsburg Lake Belmont Lake Hereford Manor Lakes
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