Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: September 13, 2005
The investigative drilling is a part of Reclamation's regular agency-wide Safety of Dams program, which provides an ongoing assessment of Reclamation's dams and dikes in the 17 Western United States. In addition to continual monitoring through inspections, drill sampling is conducted to allow Reclamation engineers to evaluate potential hazards using contemporary design and construction standards.
A focus of the investigation is to determine how the dam would perform under seismic activity and to assess the infrastructure.
The investigative drilling will last approximately four weeks. During this period the public recreating near the dam may hear drilling related noise.
Ridgway Dam, standing 227-feet high and located on the Uncompahgre River five miles north of the town of Ridgway, is a rolled earthfill structure with a crest length of 2,430 ft. Ridgway State Park, part of Reclamation's Dallas Creek Project, includes a dam, reservoir, and recreation area.
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