Minsi Lake Water Level Lowered, Says Emrick
5/15/2013
HARRISBURG - The water level at Minsi Lake, located just north of Bangor, is lowered temporarily as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) prepares to make repairs to the lake’s spillway this summer, according to state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton).

According to Eric Levis of the PFBC, the plan is to replace several small concrete patches and seal the concrete joints and several cracks on the surface of the dam’s concrete spillway. That work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in June, after which the lake will be returned to its normal water level.

The Department of Environmental Protection regards the dam as high-hazard and unsafe because the spillway is not large enough under current regulations. The classification is also warranted due to the potential for property damage and loss of life that could occur, should the dam fail.

The PFBC manages 12 dams that were, or currently are, considered as high-hazard and unsafe. Minsi Lake is one of six dams statewide which remain unfunded. The PFBC estimates it needs $43.1 million in construction funding to fix the six dams, including $3.1 million to rebuild the spillway at Minsi.

“There are other high-hazard dams around the state that are experiencing much greater problems than Minsi,” Emrick added. “Nevertheless, the spillway does not meet current engineering safety standards and ultimately must be rebuilt.

“There is no current time table for draining the entire lake and construction of a new dam. Please be aware that this project is inevitable and will take a number of years to complete, once it begins. I promise to keep you posted on the latest news and information when it becomes available regarding Minsi Lake.”

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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