Highland Dam Removal Creating New Concerns
23 June 2016
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The partial demolition of the Highland
Dam has caused new problems in the West Fork River, including
dropping water levels and exposed sewer lines.
Bill Hoover, general manager of Greater Harrison Public Services,
tells the Exponent Telegram that the department has been
monitoring water levels since April. He says he's never seen the
water level this low.
While there hasn't been any damage to the exposed sewer lines,
Hoover says it's possible. Freezing temperatures and heavy rains
can both cause line breakage.
A sewer line break would subsequently contaminate the West Fork
Clarksburg Water Board President Paul Howe says the problems
should be addressed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and
that neither the Water Board nor Greater Harrison Public Works
should be liable for the cost of repairs.
The Fish and Wildlife Service couldn't be reached for comment.