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KRV Historical Society September General Meeting
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Isabella Reservoir is located forty miles northeast of Bakersfield, Kern County, California, and consists of earthfill 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 designs that that analyzed the dam safety risk to the downstream communities that will ultimately lead to a better and safer dam. The September General Meeting of the KRV Historical society will feature a presentation that will highlight the history and challenges of the program so far and give a review of the current construction operations. Our guest speaker will be Anthony Burdock, Project Manager, Isabella Dam Project, US. Army Corps of Engineers. The September 25 program starts at 7 p.m. at the Lake Isabella Senior Center. The program is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.