College Lake to be temporarily refilled until dam is removed


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg announced Friday that College Lake will be temporarily refilled to full pond until a new bridge is built for Lakeside Drive and the current dam is removed.

They said refilling the lake will reduce the debris clogs at the dam's emergency outfall and slow the sediment that is currently being washed into the downstream reaches of Blackwater Creek and the James River.

According to City, the decision has been made in full cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Dam Safety Office (DCR), as well as with the University of Lynchburg.

This refilling of College Lake is only a temporary measure to allow the City to maintain control of the dam (specifically regarding the dam’s emergency outfall which must be kept free of debris) and to reduce the amount of sediment washing downstream into Blackwater Creek and the James River.

They added that the Emergency Action Plan will be edited to include more robust monitoring measures like real-time sensors and cameras that will allow the City to anticipate and respond to any issues at the dam before they occur.

The City will continue its partnership with the University of Lynchburg to determine the best path forward in stabilizing Blackwater Creek in the lakebed and establishing a wetland learning laboratory that will serve as a unique resource for both the University and the greater Lynchburg community.

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