Outstanding Dam Safety Partnering Award

Division of Design and Construction, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

This year’s Dam Safety Partner Award is presented to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Design and Construction (DAC) for its leadership and collaboration with the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District in the upgrade and modification of the Lake Laura and Bird Haven dams.

Over the last several years, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation reevaluated the potential for increasing severe rain events throughout the Commonwealth.  As a result of this reevaluation, it was determined the two earthen dams owned by our District were at risk of failure if a maximum storm event were to occur.  The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District does not have the resources to evaluate, design or construct improvements that would be needed to comply with the new regulations.  With the support of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, particularly its Division of Design and Construction, our District was placed high on the list of priority dam upgrade projects.  Our dam upgrades were fully funded from a State Bond Issue. Because projects of this magnitude are beyond the capabilities and resources of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, completing this project would not have been possible without the support of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

After several years of planning, design and construction, coordinated and overseen by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the projects were completed both on time and under budget.  Special thanks go to Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Dam Engineer, Dan Cox, for his hands-on leadership on this project, and Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Director of Design and Construction, Kelly McCleary.

It is my pleasure to present the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation Dam Safety Partner award to Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Design and Construction for their commitment to the safety of our District residents and protection of our soil and water.