The state's Controlling Board has approved a 5.6 million request by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to fund the next phase of work to replace the deteriorated Buckeye Lake dam.
The money will cover pre-construction costs for the second phase of the project. The work involves the construction of a dam to replace the earthen dam, which received interim safety improvements during the first phase. Pre-construction efforts also include permit applications, public outreach and quality assurance testing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded the 4.1-mile earthen dam is at risk of catastrophic failure.