U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
BLM Glasgow Field
|Release Date: 07/28/14|
BLM Glasgow Field Office repairs dams in Valley County
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office is repairing four dams in Valley County.
“The primary functions of the dams are to control the flooding associated with spring runoff and high rainfall events and provide a reliable transportation route to and through BLM lands,” said Dean Jensen, the Civil Engineering Technician for the Glasgow Field Office. “In addition, the dams provide seasonal wetland habitats for wildlife.”
Dam reservoirs are also water sources for cattle grazing on BLM managed lands.
Jensen provides on-location oversight and quality control for the projects. There are 87 BLM managed dams in Valley County.
The combined cost of the projects is $2.6 million, stated Pat Gunderson, the BLM Glasgow Field Manager. The work is being done by contractors from the Central Montana and HiLine areas.
“21 Construction from Malta repaired January Dam in 2013,” Gunderson explained. “Youderian Construction from Stanford is doing Triple Crossing (TC) Dam and Judy Dam in 2014.” Stanford, Mont., received national attention recently when the Hughes Mountain Ranch was featured on the Animal Planet channel’s television series Last American Cowboy.
“Youderian Construction is efficiently moving along with this project,” Gunderson commented. “The pace of construction is right on or ahead of schedule.”
“Concrete, fuel, gravel, rock rip-rap, lumber and hardware are all being purchased locally in Glasgow,” Gunderson added.
According to Gunderson, a contractor has not been selected at this time for Itcaina Dam, which will likely be repaired in the autumn of 2014.
The dams were built in the 1960’s, Jensen mentioned. “Following the flood of 1952, the building of detention dams for flood control in South Valley County became a priority for the BLM,” he said.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
|Last updated: 07-28-2014|