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Repairs to Lake Jericho Dam Almost Complete

Repairs to Lake Jericho Dam Almost Complete

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Christy Morgan, PAS
859-224-7363
christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov

Lexington, KY, August 31, 2012 --- Construction will wrap up soon on the repair work associated with the Lake Jericho (Little Kentucky River MPS #1) watershed dam located in Henry County, Kentucky. The Little Kentucky River Watershed Conservancy District is completing the work with Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program funds provided through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Lake JerichoRecord breaking rainfall amounts in the spring of 2011 resulted in a shallow, surface slide on the downstream side of the Lake Jericho dam. As a precaution, local emergency management officials evacuated the area below the dam. The evacuation was lifted after personnel from NRCS and Kentucky Division of Water; Dam Safety Office stated the dam was not in danger of failing.

"EWP is a program that allows our agency to provide technical and financial assistance to preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding," explained Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist for NRCS in Kentucky.  She continued, "Although the dam was not in jeopardy of failing from the downstream slide, future events could cause a more severe threat if the erosion issue was not addressed."

Lime Treatment in Progress (slide area in the background)The 136 acre Lake Jericho was built in 1967 and is open year round for fishing, camping, picnicking, and other recreational activities. It is estimated that the Lake Jericho dams provides flood protection for over 800 acres of land below the structure, as well as protection for residents of the town of Sulphur, and portions of Interstate 71 and KY Highway 146.

EWP funding is being utilized to address the slide area with a lime treatment, which will modify the soil characteristics in an effort to prevent future erosion issues.  The job is estimated to cost about $200,000, with Little Kentucky River Watershed Conservancy District providing 25% of the funding. Construction is estimated to be completed by September 2012.

 

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