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Hearns Dam Pond to Get Needed Improvements

Hearns Pond Dam after storm in June 2006 Hearns Pond Dam after storm in June 2006

SEAFORD, Del. – Before another powerful storm strikes again, Hearns Pond Dam will need some improvements. Construction is scheduled for spring 2015.

The dam was overtopped during storms that occurred in 2001 and 2006. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control evaluated the conditions and potential hazards of the dam and developed a plan to bring the spillway into compliance.

DNREC has scheduled a public information meeting regarding planned improvements to Hearns Pond Dam.

Hearns Pond is on Clear Brook north of Seaford. The dam is owned by the State of Delaware and DNREC. The pond formed by the dam is used for fishing and other recreational activities.

DNREC indicated the spillway and bridge could not make it through another vigorous storm. Therefore, rehabilitation of the dam is necessary, officials say.

Also, the existing structure of the spillway is in poor condition and one of the sliding gates that controls the water level is inoperable.

The spillway and the bridge would be replaced to be larger. The plan will also provide overtopping protection that will allow safe passage.

The top of the dam will be raised more than a foot and the garage and small barn will be removed. The Historic Mill Building will remain and workers will ensure that it is not damaged during construction, which is planned to begin Spring 2015 and end Spring 2016.

The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10, 4-7 p.m. in the Public Resources Room at Seaford High School. Residents living near the pond, surrounding community, and all other interested parties are invited to attend.

Prior to the meeting, residents can learn more about this project by visiting the online virtual workshop at DelDOT .

For further information, contact the Department of Transportation at (302) 760-2080 or 800-652-5600 or DNREC at (302) 739-9902.

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