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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 May 7, 2015
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  • The Fish & Boat Commission manages 23 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.
  • Funding for 13 dam projects has been secured and construction is complete, underway or scheduled.
  • In today’s dollars, approximately $50 million is needed to address ten high-hazard, unsafe dams. An additional $12 to $15 million is needed for the Hereford Manor dam replacement project.
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High-Hazard, Unsafe Dams - PFBC Managed
PA map showing deficient dams
Name of Dam County Estimated Cost
(millions)
Funding Source Project
Status
Additional Information
Hereford Manor Beaver $12 to $15 Unidentified PFBC and local groups agreed to explore the feasibility of constructing a new replacement dam. nearby lakes lake info
Meadow Grounds Fulton $4.5 Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake - $100,000
Remainder Unidentified
Design initiated nearby lakes lake info
Kyle Jefferson $4.3 Unidentified Design and permitting initiated nearby lakes lake info
Minsi Northampton $3.25 Unidentified Design and permitting initiated nearby lakes lake info
Somerset Somerset $7.4 Somerset Lake Action Committee - $100,000
Remainder Unidentified
Design initiated nearby lakes lake info
Belmont Wayne $4.275 Unidentified Pre-design initiated nearby lakes lake info
Hankins Wayne $0.3 Unidentified Preliminary planning initiated nearby lakes lake info
Lower Woods Wayne $7.9 Unidentified Pre-design initiated nearby lakes lake info
Miller Wayne $6.55 Unidentified Preliminary planning initiated nearby lakes lake info
White Oak Wayne $6.55 Unidentified Preliminary planning initiated nearby lakes lake info
Donegal Westmoreland $5.0 Unidentified Design initiated nearby lakes lake info
Name of Dam County Actual Cost
(millions)
Funding Source Project
Status
Additional Information
Lower Hereford Manor
Upper Hereford Manor
Beaver $4.14 bulletH2o PA
bulletGBO
Phase 1 complete nearby lakes lake info
Glade Run Butler $4.61 bulletGBO
bulletPFBC
bulletGlade Run Lake Conservancy
Design and permitting completed nearby lakes lake info
Colyer Centre $4.73 bulletGBO
bulletSave Colyer Lake Inc.
Construction initiated nearby lakes lake info
Tamarack Crawford $11.9 bulletH2o PA Design and permitting initiated nearby lakes lake info
Opossum Cumberland $3.40 bulletGBO
bulletCumberland County/GG2
bulletLower Frankford
bulletPFBC
Complete nearby lakes lake info
Virgin Run Fayette $0.125 bulletPFBC Acquisition of downstream property nearby lakes lake info
Speedwell Forge
(Speedwell Forge & other High-Hazard Dams presentation – Nov. 16, 2011)
Lancaster $5.61 bulletGBO
bulletPFBC
Construction initiated nearby lakes lake info
Leaser Lehigh $3.71 bulletGBO
bulletPFBC
bulletDCNR/GG2
bulletDEP/GG2
bulletLehigh County
Complete nearby lakes lake info
Nessmuk Tioga $1.12 bulletH2o PA Construction initiated nearby lakes lake info
Canonsburg Washington $2.68 bulletH2o PA
bulletGBO
Complete nearby lakes lake info
Dutch Fork Washington $5.08 bulletH2o PA
bulletGBO
bulletPFBC
Complete nearby lakes lake info
Stevens Wyoming $0.0 bulletN/A Removed from HH list. Calculations certified by DEP that dam has capacity to manage 52% of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP). nearby lakes lake info
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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 Tamarack Lake Kyle Lake Glade Run Lake Dutch Fork Lake Donegal Lake Meadow Grounds Lake Colyer Lake Canonsburg Lake Belmont Lake Hereford Manor Lakes Miller Pond Lower Woods Pond White Oak Pond Hankins Pond
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