Penn State Intercom......November 1, 2001

Shaver's Creek dam repairs near completion

Project expected to be
ended by mid-November

Contractors have nearly completed spillway repairs and have begun to put innovative reinforcement mats on the Shaver's Creek dam at the University's Stone Valley Recreation Area.

The environmentally friendly reinforcement system, made of articulating concrete blocks, is the first of its kind in use on a dam in Pennsylvania and the highest in the United States. The armored dam embankment will be covered with topsoil and seeded, protecting the blocks from deterioration while providing a natural, aesthetic appearance. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-November.

As for when Lake Perez, the 72-acre body of water formed by the dam, will be fully restored? Only the autumn rains and winter snows can provide that answer.

To view more photos of the dam and spillway project, check the Web at For information on Stone Valley Recreation Area, visit