Three of four gates now replaced at Maryland’s Savage Dam

Upper Potomac River Commission officials say the Savage River Reservoir in western Maryland can now be refilled after three of four dam gates have been replaced at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Savage Dam.

Commission Manager Scott Shoemaker says the $6 million project is about two weeks ahead of schedule and should be finished in two months, wire services reported.

The 350-acre lake near Bloomington was lowered in the fall to allow for replacement of the corroded dam gates.

Shoemaker says that, as the reservoir refills, some large amounts of water will be released to flush sediment from a trophy trout fishing area below the dam.

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