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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 December 17, 2013
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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; and four projects are 100% funded with design or repair work expected to begin in 2013/2014.
  • Estimated construction funding of $35.8 million is needed to address eight high-hazard, unsafe dams, and an estimated $12 million is needed for phase 2 of the Hereford Manor Lakes dam replacement project, for a total need of $47.8 million.
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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
Belmont Wayne $3.5 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled nearby lakes lake info
Canonsburg* Washington $2.216 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $2.216 million
Work completed nearby lakes lake info
Colyer* Centre $7.2 100% funded
1. GBO - $5.85 million (Senator Corman)
2. Save Colyer Lake inc. - $100,000
3. PFBC - $1.25 million in Act 89 funding
Engineering design complete. Currently with DEP for permit review and approval. nearby lakes lake info
Donegal* Westmoreland $4.7 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled 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
Glade Run* Butler $4.3 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled nearby lakes lake info
Kyle* Jefferson $4.2 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled 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
Lower Hereford Manor*
Upper Hereford Manor*
Beaver $3.1 100% funded Phase 1
1. H2o PA - $3.1
Phase 1 breach complete. Phase II replacement work is unfunded and 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
Lower Woods Wayne $5.0 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled nearby lakes lake info
Meadow Grounds Fulton $4.0 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled. nearby lakes lake info
Minsi* Northampton $3.1 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled nearby lakes lake info
Nessmuk Tioga $1.0 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $1.0 million
PFBC engineering staff to design repairs. PFBC construction crews to perform modifications. Work scheduled to begin during summer of 2013. nearby lakes lake info
Opossum Cumberland $3.3 100% funded
1. GBO - $1.45 million (Vance)
2. DEP GG2 - $609,000
3. Lower Frankford Twp. - $90,000
4. PFBC - $1.25 million GG2
Work completed nearby lakes lake info
Somerset* Somerset $7.0 Unidentified Repair work not scheduled. Additional spillway work identified and reported on 4/17/13 and will require $2 million in additional construction funding. nearby lakes lake info
Speedwell Forge* Lancaster $6.4 Project Funds released by GBO – July 2012 Dam upgrades currently under design and permitting phase with construction activities expected to begin in 2014. Phase I breach work completed for $282,700 using GG2 funds.
(Speedwell Forge & other High-Hazard Dams presentation – Nov. 16, 2011 )
nearby lakes lake info
Stevens Wyoming $3.5 $0.00 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
Tamarack Crawford $11.9 100% funded
1. H2o PA - $11.9 million. Grant award covers design, permitting and construction costs.
Estimated cost includes engineering, design and construction. Grant awarded in November 2012, DGS working with PFBC to secure a desing professional. 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 house. Family moved and PFBC researching easements to eliminate future development downstream from dam. nearby lakes lake info
*Indicates engineering and design fees funded by GBO. Final fees based on 20% 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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