RWSA receives permits needed for new earthen dam

Despite vocal opposition to a new earthen dam at Ragged Mountain, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) announced today that the Virginia Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management has given the green light for the construction of the dam.

The three permits issued deal with the dam’s construction and the controlled breaches for both the upper and lower Ragged Mountain Dam.

“We are very pleased to see the achievement of another milestone toward fulfilling the future water supply needs of this community, a project approved by both the City and County,” said Tom Frederick, RWSA executive director, in a news release.

“The Division of Dam Safety’s charge was to review the detailed design of the new dam in conformance with safety regulations, and their actions to issue permits acknowledge their approval.  While some citizens in our community would like to debate the dam over and over again, every federal and state agency that has completed permit reviews on technical issues regarding this project has acted favorably.”

For more information about the comunity water supply plan debate, click here and here.  

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