I was pleased to join with my colleagues Don White and Scott Hutchinson and local officials on April 12 for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the rehabilitation and restoration of Glade Run Lake Dam.
I worked with Senators Hutchinson and White to secure $2 million in state funding for the work, which involved the reconstruction of the dam’s concrete spillway and the reinforcement of its embankment.
Safety concerns about the dam forced the Fish and Boat Commission to drain the 52-acre lake in Middlesex Township, Butler County, several years ago. In January 2014, we urged then-Governor Tom Corbett to provide state funding for the rehabilitation project. We noted the efforts of a strong private-public coalition in support of the work. Governor Corbett released the money in the spring of 2014 and a groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place in October 2015.
I am pleased and grateful that the state committed vital state funding for the rehabilitation project. This was truly a cooperative effort that brought together local, county and state agencies and officials, all working to restore the lake. Once the state funds were in place, we were able to expeditiously move forward with the rehabilitation of the dam and surrounding area.
The project was strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, a number of local municipalities, the Butler County Board of Commissioners and the Glade Run Lake Conservancy, a 2,000-member citizens group formed after the lake was drained in June 2011.