Echo Canyon Reservoir drained 5 feet below spillway for dam repairs — The Pagosa Springs Sun

Map credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife

From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Simone Mounsamy):

CPW Southwest Region Public Information Officer Joe Lewandowski informed The SUN that during a routine inspection of the dam in late October, “A crack in the earthen dam at Echo Reservoir was discovered.”

He explained that CPW’s dam safety engineers worked with Division of Water Resources (DWR) dam safety engineers to control the water level drawdown, and have filled and covered the crack.

According to Lewandowski, dam safety engineers will continue to monitor the embankment over winter. Though the crack has been reported to be stable, CPW is working with DWR to determine future measures that would ensure the integrity of the dam embankment.

“That process will take several months and there is no timeline,” Lewandowski stated.

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