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Posted 10/30/2014

Release no. 14-077

John Prettyman
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Scott Liske
(Lake Clementine, California State Parks)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will conduct a dam safety inspection of the downstream side of the North Fork Dam near Auburn Oct. 31 - Nov. 5, and will temporarily reduce water levels at Lake Clementine to safely perform the inspection.

As of Oct. 31, California State Parks will temporarily close the boat launch ramp located on Lake Clementine Road while water levels remain low. The boat ramp is expected to be available within a week or two after the inspection. The department manages recreation at Lake Clementine and can be contacted for further details on the boat ramp closure.

The Corps inspection is routine maintenance to evaluate the base of the dam for erosion and is being conducted at this time of year to minimally impact water flows.

North Fork Dam is managed by the Corps and was constructed in 1939 with the primary purpose of controlling debris and sediment.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District owns and operates 17 dams and reservoirs in California, which provide multiple benefits including flood risk management, water storage, hydropower, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation.


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