Erdman Anthony was retained by the Village of Silver Creek, New York in
Chautauqua County to complete engineering services in relation to the Smith
Mills and Silver Creek Reservoir Dams. These services included an initial
inspection of both structures with Village officials to examine the structural
integrity and determine the scope of the project. Initially, Erdman Anthony
prepared the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
annual certification forms. This effort was completed on a fast track schedule
in order to meet NYSDEC submission deadlines. In addition, Erdman Anthony
completed the preparation of an I&M manual per NYSDEC Guidelines for the
Silver Creek Reservoir Dam. This manual included a listing of dam statistics
and components, an operations plan for each dam component, the overall dam
inspection forms / schedules for operations and maintenance forms for each dam
Erdman Anthony also initiated negotiations with NYSDEC for
reclassifying the Smith Mills Dam. The Village of Silver Creek desired to
breach and reclassify the Smith Mills reservoir dam because it is no longer in
use. Erdman Anthony will meet with NYSDEC officials in Albany to discuss the
plan for this process and the potential to reclassify the structure as a Class D
No Hazard breached dam. Following negotiations, Erdman Anthony will work with
the Village on a process for completing this effort.
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