8-20-12 Dam Safety Tour and Workshop

Aug 3, 2012 by

Since the current Third Street Dam will not be reconstructed for at least two years due to the State’s Local Bridge Program funding schedule, Friends of Glen Providence Park has organized a community tour of the Third Street Dam with the regional chief of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Engineer Richard A. Reisinger.


Third Street Dam Safety Workshop

Monday, August 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

At the dam site


Is the dam safe for now?

We encourage park users, those who live downstream and schools and community groups who use the park to attend and learn about how the dam operates, why the dam has been deemed unsafe, and what measures are or should be in place to protect people downstream in the event of an emergency. Mr. Reisinger will discuss dam basics as well as an evaluation of the current dam’s safety, and what measures citizens and those downstream can take to ensure their own personal safety. He will discuss the requirements for an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The Third Street Dam is a high hazard dam in poor condition. After reconstruction it will continue to be a high hazard dam due to its potential impacts on human life in the case of failure.

Delaware County, BLCC and Media Borough invited to attend

Media Borough Engineer Bob Johnston will attend, and at this time no other officials or BLCC leadership have responded. Currently Broomall’s Lake Country Club operates the dam, and it is presumed that they will continue to be the operators. Delaware County and Broomall’s Lake Country Club, according to the stipulation, will be sharing responsibility for the dam after reconstruction;  Media Borough will maintain the roadway atop the dam.

Bring Questions

There will be ample time for questions and answers, and we are thankful to Mr. Reisinger for taking the time to educate our community about the state of the Third Street Dam.



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  1. Nicholas Josten

    Just wondering if we need to register for this site visit? Also is there an address of where we will be meeting?
    Thank You!

    • shannon

      You don’t need to register for the visit. We will be meeting at the Third Street entrance to the park, right at the dam, at the intersection of Third and West Streets in Media Borough.
      Look forward to seeing you there!

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