Assessing the Removal of Jordan’s Point Dam: Geomorphic, Ecological, and Recreational Impacts
Ross, Samuel G.
Osier, Christopher Robert
Dalton, Molly Mackenzie
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Environmental Studies
Virginia -- Lexington
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Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Samuel G. Ross is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.Christopher Robert Osier is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.Molly Mackenzie Dalton is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.For many residents of Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington, Jordan’s Point dam is regarded as both a historical icon and an important source of recreation on the Maury River. Initially constructed circa 1900 to provide hydropower to the local cotton mill, the spillover dam currently serves no function. In 2007, state officials deemed the structure to be unsafe and in violation of the Virginia Dam Safety Act. Given the dam’s risk of failure and high cost of repair, the city opted for removal in June of 2017. However, controversy surrounding the decision persists due to the historical and recreational value of Jordan’s Point. Additionally, a distinct lack of dam removal research in Virginia renders the environmental and social impacts partially speculative. As such, the impending removal at Jordan’s Point presents a unique opportunity to assess the policy’s impacts on local geomorphology, ecology, and recreation. [From Executive Summary]Sam RossChris OsierMackenzie Dalton