2012 Bolivar Dam

Problem Description

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reviewed and evaluated the Bolivar Dam, and due to excessive seepage has ranked this project as Dam Safety Action Class II- Urgent (unsafe or potentially unsafe). Rehabilitation is needed to correct these seepage problems and to minimize the potential for catastrophic failure of the dam during flood events.

Solution Description

The recommended project includes installation of seepage cut-off barriers, seepage blankets and repair and replacement of the gates and operational components.

Grant Funding

As the local cost share partner for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MWCD released funds in the amount of $1,578,900 toward this project in 2012. $4,252,590 has been disbursed in 2013.

Total project costs are projected to be $165,006,000, with corresponding non-federal local cost share of $37,351,380 over the course of construction.  To date, MWCD has disbursed $9,033,269.

Location Information

The Bolivar Reservoir is located in Stark and Tuscarawas counties, with the dam structure located in Tuscarawas County.

Activity Log

A letter of intent was approved and signed by the Board on July 23, 2010.

A Project Partnership Agreement was signed July 5, 2011 between MWCD and the Department of the Army for construction of the Bolivar Dam Major Rehabilitation Project. 

Funding was approved by the Board of Directors on May 18, 2012. 

Phase I, including installation of a seepage blanket, and construction of a project office was completed in Spring of 2013.  The contract for installation of the seepage barrier will be bid in Fall of 2013.

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