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Officials with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recently announced they have reached an agreement with Glade Springs Resort for issues related to the Mallard Lake Dam.

WV DEP Secretary Randy Huffman met with Glade Springs owner Jim Justice and other DEP officials Sept. 5.  Huffman said the group reached an agreement in that meeting to resolve a recent dispute that could have lead to expensive costs to residents of the resort community.

Glade Springs agreed to make minor modifications to the dam that will address major storm events and potential hazards to resort residents and guests. The owners also will submit an emergency action plan that will include closing the road around Mallard Lake when there is potential for the lake to overflow. Another part of the plan will require an engineer to inspect the dam before the road could be reopened.

"From an implementation standpoint, this resolution is a practical approach to meeting the requirements of the law," Huffman said. "This is a solution with which we are satisfied."

Huffman went on to say that the emergency action plan for the dam is an especially effective tool because the resort has security staff on duty 24 hours a day. He said the security presence allows the plan to be implemented instantaneously.