HUNTINGTON, W.Va - - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide tours of Bluestone Dam in Hinton, W.Va., on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The tours are free to the public.
Visitors will be able to see dam safety construction activities and learn about the day-to-day operations of Bluestone Dam. The public can access the top of Bluestone Dam from the Route 20 Overlook Parking Area and walk across the dam. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The tour is part of the observation of National Dam Safety Awareness Day, which occurs on May 31 of each year to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. The dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. A secondary goal is to promote the benefits dams offer to communities.
For 30 years, the federal government has been working to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP, which is led by FEMA, is a partnership of the states, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety.
While dams provide many benefits to communities, such as storage of drinking water and improvement of wildlife habitats, they can also pose a significant flood risk if they fail. Dam safety is a shared responsibility and everyone is encouraged to know their risk (and benefits), know their role, and take action.
If you have questions, please contact Bluestone Lake at: 304-466-1234.