Making some dam progress

Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun – Flatiron, Dragados and Sukut Joint Venture continued to carry out test blasting operations at the Isabella Dam on Friday, November 30. Production blasting is expected to begin in mid-December.


Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Via USACE: Corps contractors continue to work on plugging the Borel conduit that runs through Isabella’s auxiliary dam in Kern County. Much like building a concrete wall, thick plywood forms were used to place concrete into the upstream end of the duct, allowing the concrete to cure in place. In addition to plugging the rest of the conduit, we’ll also fill the portions of the Borel Canal immediately upstream and immediately downstream of the auxiliary dam with rock and dirt.