11/14/18 News Release: State completes environmental assessment for dam removal project at Jordan's Point Park
Located in and owned by the City of Lexington, the Jordan’s Point Dam is structurally compromised and has significant cracks, voids, and leaks. Constructed at an undetermined date prior to 1900 to power various mill operations, the now-defunct Jordan’s Point Dam (also referred to as East Lexington Dam) measures approximately 10-feet high by 185-feet long. This “run-of-the-river,” “low-head” dam impounds approximately 1.2 miles of the Maury River. The dam creates a fish-passage barrier and impacts the hydrology and ecology of the impounded reach. Public safety with regard to the dam has been a concern since 2006 when a local teenager drowned after going over the dam into the powerful, downstream hydraulic. Recent public involvement as to the fate of the dam included several public-comment meetings and resulted in a unanimous vote by the Lexington City Council to partner with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to pursue removal of a portion of the structure.
Draft Environmental Assessment public review closed on September 27, 2018