Do you already
Photo by Chuck Burdick
Earlier in the week, there had been reports of a large hole in the dam that spans the Susquehanna River between the boros of Oakland and Susquehanna Depot. At the July 12 meeting of the Oakland Boro Council, the boro’s representative to the board of River Bounty, Cynthia Beavan, put council’s minds at ease and explained the situation. Yes, there is a hole in the dam; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had conducted an inspection of the dam a short time ago and had been aware that there was a hole. After a complaint had been made earlier in the week about the hole and the amount of water that was running through it, FERC and an engineer familiar with the dam conducted another inspection. The dam itself was not meant for flood control, Mrs. Beavan said. It had been built some time in the late 1800’s to power a mill. In 1928, concrete had been poured over the original timber dam, and the hydro-electric plant at the site had been built in the mid-1960’s. FERC would like the hole fixed, she said, but there would be no danger to anyone if the dam were to collapse. The situation looks worse than it is; where water normally flows more calmly over the dam, most of it is presently flowing through the hole. Mrs. Beavan said that the hydro-electric plant operator is working with FERC to get the hole fixed; he would like to get the smaller turbine up and running first so that some of the water would be diverted, making it easier to fix the hole. Plans for the repairs have been submitted to FERC.
For the second meeting in a row, residents of the New Milford area where a huge mining operation is being developed, have urged the county Board of Commissioners to get involved in the project.
Fred Ehmann and Bill Burchell, who brought the issue to the attention of the commissioners in June, updated the concern they have about the well-being of residents residing in New Milford Borough and New Milford Township.
“The dust and the noise are bad,” Ehmann said, “and a number of residents are getting huge amounts of sediment water, all of which is continuing our concern.” He also notified the commissioners that the Borough of New Milford has requested a hearing on the matter.
This site is on a subscription only basis. The Obit and Classified pages have open access. You will need to be a paid subscriber to have complete access to the entire Susquehanna County Transcript website.
Thank you for visiting!
News | Living | Sports | Schools | Churches | Ads | Events
Military | Columns | Ed/Op | Obits | Archive | Subscribe
For questions, comments and submissions
contact us at:
Thanks for visiting our web site!