Stories tagged with: Buckeye Lake

June 12, 2015 - 4:34am
3 weeks 1 day ago

Lawmakers are trying to get economic help for business owners around Buckeye Lake who worry revenue will decrease significantly while the water is lowered and a deteriorated dam is replaced. State officials are keeping the lake low after a report warned the nearly 180-year-old earthen dam was at risk of failing. That limits boating and water activities. Some locals say they’ve already seen business decrease, and they note the project could take several years. Lawmakers say they hear...

June 4, 2015 - 10:17pm
4 weeks 1 day ago

The Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society has announced that the annual Open Cranberry Bog Day usually held the third Saturday in June is canceled for the 2015 season.

The low water level on Buckeye Lake has caused the event to be canceled. A press release from the Buckeye Lake Museum said it is a safety factor of trying to get the visitors out to the island.

Cranberry Bog can only be accessed by boat. The bog day experience has been going on since 1990. Officials said...

June 3, 2015 - 3:48am
4 weeks 3 days ago

There is a new report out this week about the economic impact of dam problems at Buckeye Lake. It concludes keeping the lake shallow while its deteriorated dam is replaced could risk 1,100 jobs and 160-million dollars in economic losses over five years. Local economic development groups commissioned the reported released Tuesday. Engineers had warned the nearly 180-year-old earthen dam was at risk of failing, and the state lowered the lake as a precaution. That hinders water activities...

May 30, 2015 - 5:05pm
4 weeks 6 days ago

Helicopters flew onto Liebs Island at Buckeye Lake today... all in preparation for the possible dam failure.

The Ohio National Guard teamed up with Ohio Task Force One to complete the safety presentation.The event featured a two-helicopter demonstration where both land and water rescues took place. Search Team Manager Gene Thomas said that the community can count on these rescue teams to take action in case of emergencies.

"We train a lot," said Thomas. "We're good...

May 27, 2015 - 3:59am
5 weeks 3 days ago

An area lake where a faulty dam and lowered water levels are already biting into the summer economy now has another problem – algae blooms. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says in March that the 4.1 mile dam at Buckeye Lake was in danger of failing and causing a catastrophic flood. As a result, the water level is being kept at 3 feet for the summer. Now the state has issued toxic algae warnings for three beaches at the lake, where blooms have plagued boaters, swimmers and area...

May 23, 2015 - 3:19am
6 weeks 11 hours ago

  An engineering firm that analyzed the deteriorated dam at  Buckeye Lake suggests changes could be made to raise the water level and keep boats and businesses afloat without hindering safety.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it joins residents in wanting to enable more recreational activities there as soon as possible but won't raise the water without a plan that meets dam safety standards. It has several concerns about suggestions presented by Pittsburgh-based...

May 13, 2015 - 7:09am
7 weeks 3 days ago

Top stories for Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

Buckeye Lake Dredging on Hold

LICKING COUNTY, OHIO (WHIZ) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease sites to deposit sediment from Buckeye Lake due to a lack of places to store the material. The current dredging work stoppage should last less than two weeks, until a new site for storing sediment is completed.

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April 25, 2015 - 5:50pm
9 weeks 5 days ago

When you hear that sound It means one thing. For the residents of Buckeye Lake Estates the time has come to evacuate their homes and head for safety. Today Licking and Fairfield Counties Emergency Management teams in association with other local law enforcement agencies and the American Red Cross got together to stage an emergency evacuation drill in the hopes of further educating the public and raising awareness when it come to these kind of situations. Emergency Management Director for...

April 17, 2015 - 11:09am
11 weeks 1 day ago
In an effort to increase safety awareness and promote recreational opportunity at Buckeye Lake, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is altering its boating rules for Buckeye Lake while it is being managed at a winter pool elevation. ODNR has designated and will properly mark a specific Speed Zone area on the western portion of the lake to allow boaters to operate their powercraft at greater than idle speed. “No question, Buckeye Lake will be a gem in the state of Ohio once a new...
April 14, 2015 - 3:43pm
11 weeks 3 days ago

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has sent a letter to residents living in Buckeye Lake. It includes new limited rules for building along the 4.1 mile dam.

ODNR Chief of parks and recreation Gary Obermiller, wrote that no additional construction of residences and other structures such as wall systems, patios, swimming pools, sidewalks and utilities will be allowed on the dam without a permit. Likewise no docks, boatlifts or other such equipment will be permitted into the dam...

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