WASHINGTON, DC.—U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that he has secured $54 million for continued repairs at Wolf Creek Dam which will address seepage and lead to a more stable lake level once the project is completed. The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which the House Appropriations Committee approved today.
The $309 million, five-year upgrade will address a situation where the Dam has deteriorated to such a point that Lake Cumberland levels have been raised and lowered numerous times since the 1960’s, and most recently, to 680 feet – a drop of 41 feet from normal levels. Repairs will include installing a new concrete diaphragm that will alleviate the problem of the porous foundation the dam was originally built on.
“Obtaining these funds is a critical next step in getting this dam fixed once and for all,” said Rogers. “The Corps knows the challenge before them is to put this money to work and get it done.”
This funding comes on the heels of $44 million Rep. Rogers secured earlier in 2007. He has been engaged at the top levels of the Corps of Engineers for several months to determine the best way to resolve dam seepage and structural problems and the resulting fluctuating lake level.
Rogers is working with the Corps to identify ways to move up the estimated 2012 completion date and minimize both cost overruns and the economic impact to the Lake Cumberland community. Last month, Rogers announced Small Business Administration low-interest loans are available for business impacted by lower lake levels.
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for important projects in the fifth district.