Dover Dam Marks Completion of Work With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


April 2, 2015

Dover Dam Marks Completion of Work

With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


With the Dam Safety Assurance Program work to reduce risk at Dover Dam officially complete, the Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dover Dam to mark the occasion.

The Dover Dam Safety Assurance Program consisted of rehabilitation of Dover Dam by installing 130 anchors in the dam and stilling basin, installing a parapet wall on top of the dam and installing a closure on the left descending abutment as well as river bank protection immediately downstream of the dam.

Congressman Bob Gibbs says he’s pleased to see the renovations come to a close after being involved with the project since its inception in 2005.

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Chief Engineer, Boris Slogar, stated this project was a testimony to the ingenuity of the team to devise a workable solution to maintain the aging structure, while John Hoopingarner, Executive Director/Secretary of the District, recognized the importance of the cost-share partnership with the Corps on this and other on-going dam improvement projects in the District.

Col. Leon Parrott, Commander, Huntington District, says the structure is a vital part of the flood control system in Ohio and even states further south.

The primary contractor, Brayman Construction Corporation’s CEO, Steve Muck reported that his company was able to complete the work on time and on budget, but he says the rehabilitation effort was no easy task.

Failure of the Dover Dam would place over 40,000 people at risk and potentially cause economic loss in excess of $700 million.

The total project cost was $60 million. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was the non-Federal Sponsor and provided 3.45 percent, or more than $2 million, of the total project cost.

Within the Huntington District’s 45,000-square-mile footprint, more flood control dams, levees, and floodwalls have been designed and constructed than in any other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district in the country. The Huntington District operates and maintains 35 dams, 25 Federal levees and 9 locks and dams.

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio covering 8,000 square miles. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $10.7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the Federal Government. In addition, over 3.6 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents.


It’s a great day to say Dam! March 31, 2015 was the official ribbon cutting of the Dover Dam celebrating the $60 million dam maintenance and improvement project that was completed on-time and on-budget.


The Dover Dam Ribbon Cutting assisted by Boy Scout Troop 94 and completed by Steve Muck- Brayman Construction Corporation, Boris Slogar – Chief Engineer for MWCD, Congressman Bob Gibbs - 7th Congressional District, Colonel Leon Parrott - Commander Huntington USACE, Belle Everett – President Tuscarawas County Commissioners, Harry Horstman – President MWCD Board, JoAnn Limbach- Vice President of MWCD Board, Richard P. Homrighausen - Mayor of Dover, and Dick Pryce –MWCD Board Member. MWCD Executive Director/Secretary – John Hoopingarner (not pictured) was given the honor of conducting the official countdown to cut the ribbon.




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