The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Craig County Board of Supervisors and the Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District are co-sponsoring an October 17 public meeting to discuss a rehabilitation project for Johns Creek Dam No. 1, known locally as McDaniel’s Lake.
Area residents and homeowners are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. information session at the Craig County Courthouse in New Castle, Virginia, to receive an update on dam planning activities and rehabilitation requirements from these local project sponsors. Agency staff will answer your questions and concerns and seek your input on upgrades needed to ensure that the structure meets current dam safety regulations and design standards.
The local sponsors requested federal assistance to develop plans for rehabilitating all four Johns Creek dams that offer flood protection to Craig County residents but have only received funding for Site 1 planning at this time. The study will evaluate the following options: No Action, Decommissioning (dam removal), Structural Rehabilitation and Nonstructural Measures. Planning is scheduled to be completed by April 2019. At present, no federal funding has been secured for the design or construction of this project.
NRCS provides reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities to participate in agency programs and activities. If you require special accommodations, please contact David Kriz of the NRCS at (804) 287-1646 by October 10. For further information on the meeting, call Marlon Old, Conservation Technician with the Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District, at (540) 977-2698.
-Submitted by Wade Biddix