Clarksburg Water Board sets proposal deadline for removal of Heartland Dam

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The Clarksburg Water Board met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a proposal that would involve removing the Heartland Dam.

All members of the board say they have concerns about this because most of the county’s drinking water comes from this dam, but that they are willing to look at a proposal. The American Rivers Group and the Fish and Wildlife Program first approached the board two years ago with the idea. 

Another major concern for board members is the safety of both people and wildlife. 

“You would need a fish passage or a boat passage because there wouldn’t be any dam there to impede of canoes, kayaks or whatever on the river. but if the dam stays, then we want to have a method of allowing the fish to travel upstream and also people to go downstream over the dam safely,” said Clarksburg Water Board member Al Cox.

The board gave the two groups 90 days to come up with a proposal to present. If the proposal is completed, the board will listen to it. If it is not, the board says they will not allow any more time. 

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