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Posted on: August 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Reaching New Heights: Harwood's Mill Dam Upgrades


Harwood's Mill Reservoir is a 265-acre impoundment and the terminal reservoir for the City of Newport News water supply system. Strengthening the dam, upgrading the spillway, and improving flood protection are just some of the improvements happening at the Harwood's Mill location.

The project includes installation of a 2.5-foot crest wall to increase the height of the dam; a complete upgrade of the lake drain; demolition of abandoned infrastructure on the dam site; installation of a new access bridge; improvements to the rip-rap protection on the dam embankment slopes; and improvements to the principal spillway, including demolition of the existing spillway chute, construction of a new spillway floor slab, replacement of the training wall, and rehabilitation of the existing spillway weir. The upgrades to the dam will provide enhanced flood protection downstream during extreme weather events. 

Visit the Harwood's Mill Dam Project website for more information and updates.

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