Work Starts on Removing Oronoco Dam, Redeveloping Area

December 23, 2016 10:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Oronoco Dam, on the edge of what used to be Lake Shady, is in the process of removal.

Oronoco’s Mayor-Elect, Ryland Eichhorst, said that after 80 years the dam was worn out from soil build up and erosion.


Officials are taking the dam apart and replacing that area of the river with boulders to create rapids for outdoor sports. Eichhorst also said he hopes to see an expansion on Oronoco Park and would like to build some portage trails along the river as well.

Even though it’s saying goodbye to a piece of the past, Eichhorst says he’s focused on the future.

“There were a lot of memories of Lake Shady when residents here were kids,” Eichhorst said. “So there were some misgivings about removing the dam, but at the same time, we need to move forward and make it a better park as well.”

The dam will be removed completely by May 2017, but they won’t be putting water back into Lake Shady.


Elise Romas

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