Work planned at Greenbrier Lake

July 26, 2018 by  

Greenbrier Lake in Greenbrier State Park, just a short way from Frederick, is several feet lower than usual, and is expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Part of the reason for the low water is that four feet were drained from the lake in April to facilitate repairs to the dam; and part is due to the fact the dam is leaking, and is still in need of further repair.

Greenbrier is a manmade lake, created by building a dam in 1965. Leaks were noticed almost immediately and repairs have been made over time, but the problem has never been fully solved. Since this spring brought heavy rains to the area, the decision has been made to fix the dam permanently.

The repairs will span three summers, which will curtail some of the activities on the lake, though the park will remain open to those who want to enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. A special area will be designated for swimming.

The effort will begin with the creation of a design for the repair work. The Department of General Services and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hire an engineer and architect to begin the repair design, which should be done by January, 2019. The second phase, construction, will start that summer, and the third, completion, is slated for Summer 2020.

Officials working on projects like this can use flyer printing to distribute information.

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