New Ragged Mountain Dam Opens this Fall

Aug. 8, 2014

The new Ragged Mountain Dam is almost finished after years of discussion and planning.

The new structure will raise the normal reservoir pool elevation by 30-feet.

It will hold 1.5-billion gallons of water, which will secure the water supply for the Albemarle County area well into the future.

"What you see behind here is the water supply for Charlottesville and Albemarle for at least the next fifty years,” says Tom Frederick with Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority. “What this does when this is full is it secures us if we have the water when we have a drought to keep everybody's tap flowing.”

When the dam is finished in the fall, it'll be accessible to visitors for recreational uses like walking on a surrounding trail, kayaking and canoeing on the water.

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