Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, December 7, 1998

New Winsted dam should last 50 years


The dam that controls Winsted Lake from flowing to an outlet creek is being replaced.

The DNR ordered its replacement because it was tipping and leaking.

Dam Safety Supervisor Craig Regalia described the old dam as "structurally unsound," noting that it was 30 to 40 years old. Regalia said that the lake will be kept at its current level to prevent water creeping onto people's property or from drying out docks.

The project will cost about $122,000, and should be finished by the end of December.

DNR Regional Engineer Gene Retka said that the warm weather has actually been a problem since colder weather would have slowed the water flow.

The new dam will have a new steel foundation and a concrete spillway. Regalia estimates that the replacement dam will last for 50 years.

Landscaping around the dam will be done in the spring.

Funding for the dam was provided from the state legislature to the DNR's Division of Waters, which holds ownership of the dam. The contractor is Edward Kramer.

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