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Watershed Rehab

The Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments of 2000, also known as the Dam Rehabilitation Program is actually an amendment to PL-566 authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance to owners of public dams installed previously under PL-566, PL-534, the RC&D Program and the Pilot Watershed Program.  This program was created in view of the more than 11,000 aging dams built across the country since 1948 with a growing number in need of rehabilitation to maintain the multiple benefits they provide. 

Dam Rehabilitation:

In Virginia, 150 dams have become part of the state’s landscape/infrastructure through the PL-566, PL-534, and Pilot Watershed programs. Approximately one-third of these dams need repairs that, if not corrected, could result in significant adverse environmental, economic, and social impacts. The dams were built to protect agricultural lands and small communities from the devastating effects of flooding. In addition, many have also provided local communities with water supply and recreational opportunities. All of these dams have provided fish and wildlife habitat, and they have enhanced our aquatic resources by protecting water quality. However, human health and safety concerns now exist downstream of several NRCS-assisted dams in Virginia as a result of residential and commercial development that has occurred in the downstream floodplains.

Detailed studies have been conducted on 13 dams in Virginia (Marrowbone Creek in Henry County; Inch Branch, Robinson Hollow, Toms Branch, Mills Creek, Todd Lake, and Hearthstone Lake in Augusta County; Royal Lake, Lake Barton, Woodglen Lake, and Huntsman Lake in Fairfax County; and Mountain Run Lake and Lake Pelham in Culpeper County). Since 2005, construction has been completed on 10 of those dams (Marrowbone Creek, Inch Branch, Robinson Hollow, Toms Branch, Mills Creek, Todd Lake, Royal Lake, Lake Barton, Woodglen Lake, and Huntsman Lake). The construction of Hearthstone Lake is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The design of Mountain Run Lake and Lake Pelham will be completed in 2017, and construction will follow soon thereafter in 2017 and 2018.

Dam rehabilitation planning is underway on two dams in the Cherrystone Creek Watershed in Pittsylvania County (Cherrystone Lake and Roaring Fork Lake) and one dam in the Johns Creek Watershed in Craig County (McDaniel’s Lake).  The two Cherrystone Creek plans are scheduled to be completed in 2017 and the Johns Creek plan in 2018.  Federal funding has not yet been approved for the design and construction of these three dams.   

Requests for NRCS planning assistance have been received on three more sites in the Johns Creek Watershed in Craig Co., four additional sites in the South River Watershed of Augusta County (Canada Run, Sengers Lake, Lake Wilda and Waynesboro Nursery), and one site in the South Anna River Watershed in Louisa County (Bowlers Mill Lake), and one site in the Leatherwood Creek Watershed in Henry Co. (Lawrence Lake). Federal funding for NRCS planning assistance has not yet been approved for these nine dams.

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Project Fact Sheets

Rehabilitating Dams in the South River Watershed, Augusta County (pdf, 101KB)
Lake Pelham Dam, Town of Culpeper, Mountain Run Watershed (pdf, 1.9MB)
Mountain Run Lake Dam, Town of Culpeper, Mountain Run Watershed (pdf, 1.4MB)

Hearthstone Lake Dam, Augusta County, Upper North River Watershed (pdf, 1.4MB)
Lake Royal Dam, Fairfax County, Pohick Creek Watershed (pdf, 2.2MB)
Woodglen Lake Dam, Fairfax County, Pohick Creek Watershed (pdf, 540KB)
Lake Barton Dam, Fairfax County, Pohick Creek Watershed (pdf, 620KB)
Huntsman Lake Dam, Fairfax County, Pohick Creek Watershed (pdf, 1.7MB)
Mills Creek Dam, Augusta County, South River Watershed (pdf, 1000kb)
Todd Lake Dam, Augusta County, Upper North River Watershed (pdf, 600kb)

Rehabilitation Plans

Marrowbone Creek No. 1 (Clanton Lake Final Plan-EA), December 2003 - pdf, 35 MB)
Mountain Run No. 11 (Mountain Run Lake Final Plan-EE), April 2016 - (pdf, 18 MB)
Mountain Run No. 50 (Lake Pelham Final Plan-EA), August 2016 - (pdf, 13 MB)
Upper North River No. 10 (Todd Lake Final Plan-EA), September 2012)- (pdf, 6MB)
Upper North River No. 77 (Hearthstone Lake Final Plan-EA), July 2015 – (pdf, 5.8MB)
Pohick Creek No. 2 (Lake Barton Final Plan-EA), May 2009 – pdf, 6.6 MB)
Pohick Creek No. 3 (Woodglen Lake Final Plan-EA), June 2008 – (pdf, 4.6 MB)
Pohick Creek No. 4 (Royal Lake Final Plan-EA), September 2006) (pdf, 40mb)
Pohick Creek 8 (Huntsman Lake Final Plan-EA), September 2011 – (pdf, 7MB)
South River Dam No. 10A (Mills Creek Final Plan-EA), September 2010 - (pdf, 15MB)

Contact: Wade Biddix, PH: (804) 287-1675 or email, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Richmond VA 23229