Reclamation to Drill at Taylor Park Dam

Media Contact: Justyn Hock, (970) 248-0625

For Release: May 29, 2013

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Bureau of Reclamation drilling crews will be working on the crest and face of Taylor Park Dam, starting on June 3, 2013, and continuing through about July 12, 2013. Workers will drill two holes on the crest of the dam and one hole on the downstream face. The proposed undertaking involves drilling three holes in the dam to determine the condition of embankment material.

The information gleaned from the core samples and instrumentation will be used by Reclamation for consideration of short and long-term performance of the dam related to dam safety and security measures. Studies like these are an ongoing effort by Reclamation to protect the public investment in water and hydropower projects. To varying degrees these, and similar tests, occur on all Reclamation dams throughout the West.

Taylor Park Dam is located on the Taylor River, a tributary of the Gunnison River, approximately 30 miles northeast of Gunnison, Colo.

For more information contact Justyn Hock with Reclamation at (970) 248-0625.

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