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Governor Explains Plan For New Buckeye Lake Dam

Buckeye Lake in central Ohio
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Buckeye Lake in central Ohio

The future of Buckeye Lake in central Ohio is a little clearer after the governor announced some more details for the new dam.

Gov. John Kasich says the state has picked a design to replace the old, weakening dam at the lake. The project was originally set at around $150 million and expected to take about five years. And while Kasich said the method they plan to use, known as soil mixing, would save time and money, he didn’t want to get into the specifics.

“I mean over promising, then all of the sudden—‘well you promised and you didn’t deliver’—I don’t want to get us in that position cause that will cause real credibility problems and we don’t need to have that as we go through this,” said Kasich.

The governor sought to replace the dam after a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report found the potential for catastrophic failure at Buckeye Lake.