Public meetings discussing Isabella Dam Safety project, blasting operations scheduled

Published Oct. 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and its contractor Flatiron/Dragados/Sukut JV will host public meetings in Lake Isabella and Kernville to discuss the status of the Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project and outline the schedule and intent for blasting operations, scheduled to begin later this year.

Meetings will be held Oct. 16 at the Kern River Valley Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 6-7 p.m. and Oct. 17 at the Kernville Community Hall from 6-7 p.m.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team members will also be present during the meeting to provide a brief project update and answer questions about topics unrelated to blasting operations. 

Meeting Details:
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kern River Valley Veterans/Senior Center
6405 Lake Isabella Blvd

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kernville Community Hall
11447 Kernville Rd 


Completed in 1953, Isabella Lake Dam is located approximately 42 miles northeast of Bakersfield. The reservoir is impounded by two earthen dams on the Kern River and Hot Springs Valley. Today, Isabella Lake and its dams reduce flood risk for Bakersfield and the surrounding region, and is a primary water source for water users throughout Kern County. The Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project will address overtopping, seismic and seepage issues identified with Isabella Lake’s Main and Auxiliary dams to reduce the likelihood of dam failure. Construction of the dam modifications began in 2017 with the relocation of facilities within the project footprint, and are estimated to be complete in 2022.

For more information on the Lake Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project, visit



Rick Brown

Release no. 18-030