Blackwood Lake Update

Patch File Photo
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This morning, Gloucester Township posted on the official municipal website (glotwp.com) the following in regards to the condition of Blackwood Lake:

"Dear Resident:

We would like to explain the current conditions at Blackwood Lake. We intend to send periodic updates to you as the improvements proceed.

During normal inspection procedures of the dam under Church Road in 2013 evidence of leakage was discovered. The leak appears to be on the Blackwood side of the bridge crossing, but the exact location or locations have been difficult to pin point. Because of the leak, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Control ordered the Township and County to lower the lake to a safer level. We do not believe there is an imminent danger of failure, but the State is taking a cautious policy. On an historical note, this problem is in the same portion of the Dam that was washed out and rebuilt in the 1940ís.

The Townshipís Engineers have performed a series of tests and investigations to define the problem. They are now preparing recommendations and plans to resolve it. Camden County has also agreed to participate in the repairs. Once the recommendations are developed they will need to be approved by the Bureau of Dam Safety. Once those approvals are received we will be able to solicit bids from contractors to make the repairs.

Unfortunately, until the plans are finalized and approved by the State we cannot estimate when the State Department of Environmental Protection will allow the lake to be filled to its normal levels."

Stache's Minion June 10, 2014 at 08:42 AM
This will be done by Remington and Vernick also known as "stopwatch engineering" that bought their position through bribing Council? I pray for whomever lives downstream of that dam.
John Reynolds June 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Bob, thanks for posting the notice. I believe there's a picture of that 1940s era dam collapse in the Gloucester Township History book that may still be available at the library. I guess we'll have to hold off on the Green Team sponsored Blackwood Canoe Club.
Bea Coyle June 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Too bad Remington and Vernick can't get that approval to go through as fast as they got the" Safe Walks to School "Grant to get approved by our BOE. I also heard that a Remington and Vernick employee just got a Supervisor position at Camden County College. Seems they have an "In" everywhere except for where it can help the residents.
cynthia June 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM
The government red tape will make sure this all goes smoothly and quickly. Expect to see our lake back to it's full condition in a couple of years. Such a shame for those residents that have property next to or near the lake and even worse for the wildlife. Between the empty lake and the new construction on the outlets, the wildlife population is taking a real hit this year. I guess the mosquitoes will make out OK - just like all the government parasites.
Cindy June 11, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Bob, thanks for posting. Same info I got from Public Works a year ago, and nothing has changed. I guess we can all see what kind of time frame we are already looking at here.


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