American Rivers aiming to do study on local dam, possible removal?

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - American Rivers was on hand for the Clarksburg Water Board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

An official with the organization wants the board to possibly consider removing the Hartland Dam.

American Rivers is asking the board if they (American Rivers) can do a study to determine if removing the Hartland Dam is a better option than the proposed fish and boat passage the board plans to put with the dam.

American Rivers believes a study should be done to see if removing the dam can make the area more free-flowing.

This particular dam is the source for water intake. An official with the board told us it's going to take special circumstances for this dam to be removed.

American Rivers, however, wants to the board to weigh all options so all parties can determine what's best.

"We want to make sure what we're doing makes the most sense for the Clarksburg Water Board so that we can provide the ecological benefits in the streams in terms of water quality, public safety for recreation and fish passage, but that we also do something that's not going to create a long-term maintenance nightmare," said Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, with American Rivers.

So is the board going through with the study?

"We directed the General Manager to enter into conversations with them and to give them information they need for their research, then to come back to us in 60 or 90 days with a plan on how this may or may not work for us," said Paul Howe, President of the Clarksburg Water Board.

It's also possible that the study reveals the best option is to keep the dam. Until results come in, no action is being taken.