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Gunter Valley Dam to be Breached

"This dam has seepage and leakage problems, as well as the spillway needs to be enlarged to meet the new standards," said Assistant District Forester, Andrew Glodek.
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - After being part of the landscape for around 50 years the Gunter Valley Dam in Franklin County will be removed.

Built back in the early 1960's the dam was used as a water source for Shippensburg.

Now that’s been drained, and after examinations and studies done by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, they found structural issues.

"This dam has seepage and leakage problems, as well as the spillway needs to be enlarged to meet the new standards," said Assistant District Forester, Andrew Glodek.

DCNR decided it was a more logical decision to breach the dam rather than save it. Glodek said money is the reason.

"It was around $20-25 million to repair it and the estimate to breach it is around $7 million," said Glodek.

They'll take the dam apart and restore the area back to what it was before the dam was built.

"We want to keep this land open for the public as much as possible. And we want the public to still come out and recreate. It is the public's land,” said Glodek. “And we manage all of our land for multiple resources, recreation is one of the most, one of the greatest uses of the state forest, and we would like to see the public still coming out.”

Andrew Glodek said while the dam is being breached, there might be a slight disruption because of the vehicles and machines going in and out, but people will still be able to use the state forest without any problem.

The dam won't be breached for a few years still. There will be more research and studies done by engineers to figure out the best way to take everything apart without disrupting the natural landscape.
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