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 primary missions of the F.E. Walter Dam are to reduce flooding risk and support recreation. Aside from these two primary missions, the study will also consider fisheries, additional recreation, water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and F.E. Walter Dam operations. This study will examine whether potential improvements to infrastructure or operational methods could allow water in the reservoir to be used for additional purposes that could support the ecological health of the Delaware River Basin. In particular, the study will examine reservoir management options that could release additional water under drought conditions to help repel salinity downstream.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, hosted a public meeting regarding the re-evaluation study on Jan. 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, Pa.
The public is invited to continue to provide written comments for consideration in the study scoping process prior to our scheduled Alternatives Milestone Meeting on February 3, 2020. In order for us to consider the comments before this milestone, comments are requested to be submitted via email or in writing by January 29, 2020. After the January 29, 2020 deadline, public comments will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis as the study moves forward and will be incorporated and considered at future phases of the study. The full video of the public meeting is below. Thanks to Talon Fogal for filming the meeting and allowing the link to be shared on the study webpage.