Experts with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Hinton are warning people of changes coming to the Bluestone Dam very soon. The crew will be working heavily on the dam to reduce risk of failure.
In 2020, Bluestone Dam will have a routine outflow cut in half because of the construction. Senior Project Manager Aaron Smith with the dam said this short-term construction helps the people in the community in the long-run.
“The entire investment is made with the public in mind, both the downstream and upstream public. Downstream, to reduce the flood risks. The upstream, the folks who enjoy the lake, the lake’s not there if the dam breaks. So while this will have impacts for short duration, 7 years potentially, this dam has been here for 70 and we want it to be here for the next 70 and beyond. So it’s an investment worth making,” Smith said.
A public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on May 28, 2019. Smith said the location is still unknown.