Updated launch & Borel sealing finished

PRESS RELEASE
DSMP SITREP
U.S. Army Corps

Photo by Grace Harrison / Kern Valley Sun
The interim boat launch at French Gulch is now complete after being extended several feet to meet the receding water line. As of press time, the launch is not open yet.

Advisory
• The Phase II Dams and Spillways contractor (Flatiron/Dragados/Sukut Joint Venture, or FDS) continues construction activities. As a result, the site including Engineers Point is an active construction area and is off limits to the public.
• Corps policy prohibits public operation of unmanned aircraft systems, such as drones, on or above federal lands and waters managed by USACE. The policy is intended to ensure critical infrastructure security and public safety.

Looking Ahead
(Next 30+ days)
• The Borel low water work is complete. The deviation that restricted the reservoir pool for construction will be lifted in early February and USACE will return to normal reservoir operations, however, lake levels will continue to be restricted to 361,250 acre-feet until completion of the DSMP.
• Construction on SR155 near the Main Dam will continue throughout 2019. The contractor is currently constructing the embankment for the SR155 detour. Traffic is expected to be moved to the detour in spring 2019, which will create delays. USACE will provide updates on expected impacts via public outreach, the monthly SITREP, and the Isabella Task Force.
• Production blasting has started and will continue through all of 2019 and into 2020. The contractor will establish a safety perimeter to restrict access during each blast, including along SR155 near the main dam, which will be temporarily closed during blasting operations.
• Work on the Old Isabella, South Fork, and Auxiliary Dam recreation areas will commence in February 2019. This work is limited from Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is required to be complete by Memorial Day weekend. While the recreation areas will remain open during construction, some areas within those sites will be off limits to ensure public safety. All facilities, however, will have replacements ready prior to demolishing the existing features.
• Work on the French Gulch boat launch extension is complete.