Projects Along Beaver Creek Discussed on Conference Call

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission held a conference call with representatives from the DNRC, Great West Engineering, and Bear Paw Development on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest updates on three projects along Beaver Creek.

The first project will completed by Walker River Construction and is for spillway and stilling basin improvements on Beaver Creek Dam. The Commission says the expectation is for the project to begin around April 1st and should take 30-45 days.

Commissioner Mark Peterson says no change to water levels are expected during the project, in part due to already low water levels. The project has been delayed, as the Commission initially hoped it could be completed last summer.

Peterson says that the current elevation of Beaver Creek Reservoir is about 14 feet below the principal spillway elevation of 3,091.5.  Peterson says that they still have 1,245 acre/feet to work with before the dead pool elevation would be reached.

The second project is to add a level gauge in the Reservoir so that data on water levels would be more easily available. This project still needs to go out for bid, but Commission Chair Diane McLean said the hope is for it to start in the third quarter of 2022. Once completed, water data would be made available on the DNRC website.

These projects are being grant funded through the DNRC, although it is possible the County may have to cover some costs due to impacts of inflation.

The final project discussed was for improving the tailwaters past the spillway. The County is working on trying to procure a planning grant for this project.

The next project call on these issues has been scheduled for 9 AM on Wednesday, May 25th.

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