SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S. 8/28/09 (PennWell) — A $2 million contract for safety modifications at the Folsom Dam and Reservoir in northern California has been awarded to Alpine Diversified of Lemoore, Calif.
The dam is part of the Central Valley Project, which provides hydropower, flood control, irrigation water, and drinking water to homes and businesses in northern California.
According to the Bureau of Reclamation, which awarded the contract, the work involves modifications to Dikes 4 and 6 on the north shore of Folsom Reservoir. Among other things, the contract calls for the removal of the downstream face of both dikes to add filters and drains to control erosion.
Construction work will begin in September and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010. The project is needed to meet new federal safety rules, BuRec said.
“This important construction project will provide critical Safety of Dams (SOD) improvements, helping to ensure that Folsom Dam and Reservoir can continue to provide water and power for the people of California,” said BuRec Commissioner Michael Connor.
BuRec recently awarded a $48.8 million contract to Oregon Mt. Construction Co. to help build a new auxiliary spillway for Folsom Dam. (HydroWorld 3/1/09)