Sunday, May 29, 2016

Star Lake dam "leak"

To Town Residents:

I’ve had several calls about the two “leaks” coming through the steel sheet piling on the back side of the Star Lake dam.
These have been present ever since the dam was completed in October.
Here’s what our engineering firm, Dubois & King, told me.

1.  this is not a safety issue; this type of seepage is not uncommon and will not cause a dam failure.

2.  seepage like this generally slows over time as silt plugs the soil pores.
FYI, Jeff Teter and I have timed the flow and over the past several months it appears to be slowing.
3.  When the Vermont Dam Safety Department comes for their annual safety inspection this summer they will review this.

AND enjoy the beach… the raft went in today :)

Ron Unterman

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