PMG PHOTO: PETER WONG - Tom VanderPlaat, center, of Clean Water Services explains one of the engineering alternatives for Scoggins Dam on a recent tour with Washington County commissioners, who serve as the governing board for the agency. Commissioners from left are Jerry Willey, Roy Rogers, Chairwoman Kathryn Harrington and Dick Schouten. They are standing on the road atop the earthfill dam.
Water managers in Washington County are facing a tough decision about the future of the Scoggins Dam, which holds back Hagg Lake.
The federal government will begin work next week to determine the best way to improve the earthquake resistance of Scoggins Dam in Washington County.
In late July, the Bureau of Reclamation will resume investigations near Scoggins
[Chair Andy] Duyck said: "Now more than ever, our need to expand and protect our primary water supply behind Scoggins Dam continues to be our top priority."
About 30 property owners near Scoggins Dam are still wondering if their homes will be flooded by a new dam that's not only better equipped to hold up against a major earthquake but designed to hold more water as well.
At Westside Economic Alliance event, Wyden staffer says senator "is prepared to renew a two-year-old proposal for more federal aid to help states and communities issue tax-exempt bonds for big public works projects."
Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that included in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that passed the Senate [May 12] are key provisions that will help Oregon communities.
For decades, stakeholders and community leaders in Washington County have been working hard to make much-needed upgrades and repairs to Scoggins Dam.
Today, Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici announced that the omnibus spending bill expected to pass the Senate and the U.S. House this week...
Help may finally be on the way for Scoggins Dam in western Washington County.