Project Spotlight: Dam Safety Inspections
November 3, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dive Team conducted a routine inspection of the Blue Marsh Lake Dam intake and outlet works Nov. 2. The dam safety inspection is completed once every five years and assesses the overall condition of these structures. This Blue Marsh inspection also looked for any damage sustained by recent storm events. This is just one of many inspections completed on the dams.
The dive team is comprised of members of the Philadelphia, New England, Detroit and Buffalo districts and travels across the country to assess underwater structural components at Corps maintained and operated dams and locks as one of their missions.
The inspection team also conducted underwater inspections at Francis E. Walter Dam, White Haven, Pa. Nov. 3 and will return later in 2012 to inspect the other Philadelphia District dams; Beltzville, Prompton and Jadwin. The five dams provide flood damage risk reduction, recreation, water supply and water quality in the Delaware River Basin.