US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Francis E. Walter Dam Reevaluation Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, in partnership with the Delaware River Basin Commission and New York City Department of Environmental Protection, has initiated a feasibility re-evaluation study for Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir. The study will define problems, needs, and opportunities associated with project operation and evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation and consider changes in past, current, and future conditions.

The study will focus primarily on flood risk management, with consideration to environmental, water supply, water quality, and recreation, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support the current and future demands within the region. The study will include public comment opportunities and public meetings, which will be announced on this webpage and through other avenues. 

F.E. Walter Dam Photos

Background

The Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir Project (formerly Bear Creek Dam) was completed in 1961 as a single purpose flood control project.  The Water Resources Development Act of 1988 added recreation as another authorized purpose. The project is located on the Lehigh River, approximately 77 miles above the confluence with the Delaware River, in Carbon and Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The dam has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages since its construction.