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Anthony Burdock: Dam Information Presentation
September 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Anthony Burdock, PE, the Project Manager for the Isabella Dam Project Office, Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present the latest information regarding the Isabella Dam project at the September 24 general meeting of the Kern River Valley Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the Lake Isabella Senior Center.
Isabella Reservoir consists of earth fill Main and Auxiliary Dams across Kern River and Hot Springs Valley, respectively. In September 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $204 million contract to Flatiron/Dragados/Sukut Joint Venture of Benicia, California, to construct modifications to the Isabella dams. The construction of Phase II began April 2018 with a groundbreaking ceremony, and is scheduled to be complete in 2022.
With more than 300,000 people living and working below the dams, primarily in the town of Lake Isabella and the city of Bakersfield, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a dam safety modification study in 2006 to address seismic, hydrologic (potential over-topping during an extreme flood event) and seepage issues at the dams. This 12 year dam safety program consisted of planning, engineering, and design that analyzed the dam safety risk to the downstream communities and will ultimately lead to a better and safer dam. This presentation will highlight the history and challenges of the program so far and give a review of the current construction operations.