|Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is advising anglers, boaters and the general public that the Hereford Manor Lakes in Beaver County will be closed to the public beginning Oct. 12, 2011, and will remain closed until construction to breach the dams is completed. The project to drain the lakes and breach the dams is expected to be completed by November 2012.
Before work begins, PFBC biologists will spend several days salvaging fish from the lakes and relocating them to nearby waters. The exact dates of the salvages and the waters where the fish will be relocated are still being determined.
The dams at Upper and Lower Hereford Manor Lakes are among 18 dams managed by the PFBC which are characterized as “high hazard dams.” These dams are considered unsafe because they cannot handle 50 percent of the estimated maximum precipitation an area could receive in a 24-hour period. If the dams were to fail, significant risk of property damage and loss of life could occur.
More information about high-hazard dams and the funding needed to rebuild them is available on the PFBC website at: http://www.fishandboat.com/dams/index.htm.
Anglers and boaters can sign up to receive email updates on the activities of the Fish and Boat Commission at http://www.fishandboat.com/newsreleases/edelivery.htm. The PFBC is also using today’s popular social media. Individuals can stay in touch by following the Commission on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fishandboat and through RSS feeds at http://fishandboat.com/rss/index.htm.