Media Advisory: Media Invited for on-Site Tour of Seismic Upgrade Work at Echo Dam

Media Contact: Jonne Hower, 801-524-3634

For Release: July 11, 2012

Join us to learn why the large hole at the base of Echo Dam will result in enhanced safety and reduced seismic risk.

Who: The Bureau of Reclamation and Weber River Water Users Association

What: Excavation for seismic safety modification on the downstream face of Echo Dam has begun. The work is part of an on-going Safety of Dams fix that is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Studies indicated that potentially liquefiable materials are present within the dam foundation and underneath the spillway control structure. The most cost effective and verifiable method of treatment is to excavate the liquefiable soil and replace it with a dense, compacted material.

When: July 16, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at Reclamation construction office, on the downstream side of dam. GPS Coordinates: N40° 58.092 feet, W111° 25.852 feet. Please use caution; it is a construction zone.

Why: Reclamation and its contractors have begun the work on the downstream face of Echo Dam. The downstream work will be followed by work on the upstream face of Echo. When completed, Echo Dam will meet or exceed current seismic safety standards.

How: RSVP to Jonne Hower, Bureau of Reclamation, 801-524-3634 or Please wear close-toed shoes. Reclamation will provide required safety vests and hard hats.

Speakers: Curt Pledger, Provo Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation
Ivan Ray, General Manager, Weber River Water Users Association.

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