State dam safety engineer to speak at community forum

Crater Lake as seen on Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

A dam safety meeting will be held for the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at North Star Theatre.

Charles Cobb, dam safety engineer for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, will give a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

According to DNR, the Alaska Dam Safety Program was created to supervise the safety of approximately 77 dams currently identified under state regulatory jurisdiction. Their mission statement was “to protect life and property in Alaska through the effective collection, evaluation, understanding and sharing of the information necessary to identify, estimate and mitigate the risks created by dams.”

During its May 16 meeting, the council voted to refer to staff a resolution to authorize spending $100,000 of the city’s general fund reserve for a geotechnical assessment for the Crater Lake project.

Council has been eager to get a third-party assessment of the feasibility of Cordova Electric Cooperative’s proposed dam site, said City Manager Alan Lanning.