Brent Finnegan -- January 21st, 2011
The Breeze reported Thursday that Newman Lake will shrink by more than half over the summer. The JMU Board of Visitors recently approved the lake-reduction project because “the dam that controls the water level for the lake no longer adheres to 2008 Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation regulations,” according to the report.
The new regulation guidelines evaluate dams based on major roadways around them. According to the guidelines, any bodies of water that could flood over a major roadway in case of dam failure must be reevaluated. Newman Lake’s proximity to Interstate-81 made it necessary to be re-evaluated.
In order to preserve the lake and cut costs, the Board of Visitors approved to shrink the lake in size instead of installing a spillway structure under Bluestone Drive. (read the full story)
Breeze writer Tyler McAvoy reported that the project is expected to cost $950,000.