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MUB Board will get replace on ‘the challenge behind the challenge’

MORGANTOWN — There’s been an entire lot of speak lately in regards to the Flegal Dam and Reservoir. 

And rightfully so. 

The Morgantown Utility Board’s latest asset is an engineering marvel — a half-million cubic yards of clay wealthy soil painstakingly compacted into an earthen dam able to holding again a 370-million-gallon, 50-acre lake. 

It’ll not solely present a secondary 30-day water provide ought to MUB ever want it, however the 125-acre web site would be the backdrop for quite a lot of leisure pursuits for generations to come back.

But it surely was a far much less glamorous challenge in Preston County — “the challenge behind the challenge,” as Senior Engineer Ken Hacker calls it — that helped make all of it doable. 

Hacker defined that to ensure that MUB to get clearance to disturb and take away parts of Cobun Creek for the Flegal challenge, the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers required offsite mitigation. 

They discovered it close to the Pennsylvania line in Preston County, the place an unpermitted dam constructed on personal land within the early Nineteen Seventies made a multitude of Fike Run with a view to create what grew to become often known as Appalachian Lake. 

By the point the West Virginia Division of Environmental Safety put MUB involved with the property house owners, the dam was on the breaking point and the landowners have been on the road for some severe legal responsibility.  

By two contracts totaling about $1.6 million, MUB’s contractors drained the 17-million-gallon lake, tore down the dam and restored almost 5,000 toes of Fike Run utilizing a stream alongside comparable topography in Canaan Valley as a template. 

Hacker mentioned the challenge created or restored some 55 unnamed tributaries alongside the stream in addition to the pure wetlands in that low-lying space. Greater than 100 in-stream buildings have been put in, and hundreds of bushes and shrubs have been planted over the 14-acre web site. 

Your complete space is now underneath a everlasting conservation easement. 

MUB is in 12 months two of a 10-year publish development monitoring interval required by the Military Corps. Hacker mentioned he believes the challenge will hit the mandatory environmental benchmarks by 12 months 5. 

“We helped out the household, eliminated the legal responsibility of the dam and reclaimed Fike Run stream to what it was,” he defined throughout Tuesday’s assembly of the MUB Board of Administrators. “Throughout, a win for everyone.”  

In different information from Tuesday’s assembly, the board accepted a $300 vacation bonus for each full-time MUB worker. 

Chairperson Barbara Parsons mentioned the popularity is well-earned, noting, “We’ve made some progress in an entire lot of areas. We’ve had plenty of tasks and challenges, however everybody has risen to the event.”