Nearly $12 Million State Grant Approved to Rehabilitate Tamarack Dam, Roae Says
MEADVILLE – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved a nearly $12 million grant to help rehabilitate the Tamarack Dam in Meadville. Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford), who has been working since November 2011 with other local elected officials and constituents to find a way to fix the dam, said today’s announcement is an important step forward.

“My office and I have been working together with Senator Bob Robbins, township supervisors, county commissioners, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and concerned constituents to find a way to fix Tamarack Dam,” Roae said. “This funding is just the first step of many that will be necessary to complete the multi-year project, fix the dam and refill the lake. We’ve seen with similar problems in other regions of the state, it takes several years from the time a leaking problem is discovered until a new dam is installed and the lake is refilled. If history repeats itself, we still have a lot to do to fix this problem. It won’t go away overnight.”

In November 2011, the Fish and Boat Commission discovered seepage around the Tamarack Dam. Shortly thereafter, the dam was declared unsafe by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The money to fix the dam will be used to completely rehabilitate the embankments and remediate the spillway capacity of the dam.

The project is expected to extend the life of the Tamarack Dam and provide flood protection along Mill Run, Mud Run and Sugar Creek.

Failure of the dam would affect more than 1,500 residents, nearly 300 businesses and a school.

Financial support for the project is being provided through the Commonwealth’s H2O Flood Control grant program. The program is funded by CFA bonds that are secured by 4 percent of revenue from slots machine in Pennsylvania that is deposited annually in the Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund.

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Dan Massing