Meeting to Discuss Clear Branch Dam Removal

A public meeting has been scheduled for August in Parkdale to discuss the U.S. Natural Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Middle Fork Irrigation District’s planning process for rehabilitating the Clear Branch Dam.  The dam five miles southwest of Parkdale was built in 1968 and is reaching the end of its 50-year design life.  The dam creates Laurance Lake, which provides a clean, dependable water supply and distribution system for up to 8,000 acres of irrigated cropland and supports recreational opportunities.  NRCS will develop an environmental assessment evaluating several alternatives for dam rehabilitation, including a “no action” alternative.  To open house meeting will be August 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Parkdale Fire Station.

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