Army Corps announces slope protection project at Curwensville Dam

Published Nov. 10, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, will begin a slope protection project on the downstream slope of the dam embankment at Curwensville Dam the week of Nov. 9, 2020. The work will address a vegetated area that is too steep to mow safely, which can make inspections difficult during high water events.

The public is advised that heavy machinery such as bulldozers and excavators will be visible on the face of the dam throughout the project.

The dam is currently operational, and this project will ensure that it can continue to provide flood risk management to downstream communities for years to come.

The slope protection project will not impact the dam’s flood risk management operations or recreation at Curwensville Lake. Construction activities will include turf removal and topsoil stripping, placement of bedding stone, riprap (stone), and seeding and mulching.

The work is being carried out by Firestone Energy Services out of Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for completion in December 2020.

Curwensville Dam is an earthfill structure 2,850 feet long, rising 131 feet above the streambed, with a spillway and a gate-controlled outlet. It is operated and maintained by the Baltimore District for flood risk management, water supply and environmental stewardship. Recreation at the project is managed by Clearfield County. The dam is a unit of the comprehensive flood control plan for communities in the West Branch Susquehanna River Basin. Since its completion in 1963, Curwensville Dam has prevented more than $229 million in flood damages for downstream communities.

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Cynthia Mitchell

Release no. 20-031