Jordan’s Point Dam Proposed Partial Removal – Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review and Comment

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential impacts to the human and natural environment of the proposed partial removal of Jordan’s Point Dam (Dam) and C&O Railroad Piers (Piers) located in the Maury River in the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia. The Proposed Action is receiving funding through the National Fish Passage Program and State Wildlife Grant funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The purposes of this project are to increase complexity of instream habitat; restore riverine-channel hydraulics and sediment transport for 1.2 miles upstream; improve aquatic-habitat connectivity to the headwaters; remove a fish-passage barrier and public safety/boating hazard; and eliminate downstream scour resulting from waterway impoundment.

The Proposed Action involves the following:

  • Removing a significant portion of the Dam’s middle section, leaving a remnant on both sides of the river and the defunct fish ladder, and
  • Removing eight railroad piers in the active channel, leaving five piers that are located in the non-active channel and floodplain.

The Draft EA will be available for public review and comment for a 30-day period starting August 28, 2018. Hard copies of the EA can be obtained at the Lexington City Manager’s office at 300 East Washington Street. The EA can be accessed electronically on the City of Lexington website.

DGIF welcomes input from the public regarding evaluation of the Proposed Action. Please submit comments to Louise.Finger@dgif.virginia.gov (with “Jordan’s Point Dam EA” in the email subject line) or mail comments to PO Box 996, Verona, VA 24482.

  • August 29, 2018