The design phase for upgrades to the Harwoods Mill dam, spillway and abutment was completed in the summer of 2021. Work continues on local, state, and federal permitting needed to implement the project. The project will raise the crest elevation of the dam structure to protect from potential overtopping during severe flooding. It will also replace aging concrete elements of the spillway including the slab, retaining walls, and diversion channel used to control water levels in the reservoir. The design is being coordinated with Virginia’s Dam Safety Program. Work is expected to begin in December 2021 (following solicitation and bidding) and should be completed during the summer of 2023.