Reclamation schedules Public Information Meeting on Safety of Dams Issues at Red Willow Dam

Media Contact: Marvin Swanda, (308) 345-1027
Terri Salter, (308) 389-5306

For Release: February 09, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation today announced that a public meeting will be held in McCook, Neb. to inform the public of current and future activities related to Red Willow Dam. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18, at the Community Building on the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. The meeting is to update the public on the current status of the dam as well as the future activities and timelines to address the issues with the dam. There will be a number of Reclamation officials in attendance to provide information and to address questions that the public may have.

Reclamation has established a Web page at to provide the public with the most up-to-date information available. Users can register at Reclamation's site to receive email or text updates as new information becomes available.

Red Willow Dam, located on Red Willow Creek about 11 miles north of McCook, is an earthfill embankment with a structural height of 126 feet that forms a reservoir of 85,070 acre-feet. An ungated concrete spillway is located in the right abutment. An outlet works through the base of the dam provides for river and irrigation releases for downstream diversions. The reservoir behind this dam is Hugh Butler Lake.

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