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The OWRB coordinates the Oklahoma Dam Safety Program to ensure the safety of more than 4,600 dams in the state. We are committed to protecting Oklahomans from harm and liability potentially associated with dams.
Dam Safety Program
Aging Neighborhood Dam Gets New Look, New Life
Cooperation Leads to Spectacular Success and a Model for Projects to Come
In November 2011, OWRB Dam Safety staff visited Norman, Oklahoma for the final inspection of the Hall Park Lake dam rehabilitation project. Also on hand were representatives from the City of Norman, neighborhood residents, and engineers who designed the 500-foot-long, sod-covered dam and spillway structure.
Located near the intersection of Robinson Ave. and 24th Ave. NE, this dam like hundreds of others in the state was well older than the age for which it was designed to function, and was potentially hazardous to residents living below it. The spillway structure was no longer adequate and vegetation including large trees was growing uncontrolled all along the dam. Large trees, no matter how beautiful are not desirable on a dam as their root systems can, as opposed to strengthening it, weaken an earthen embankment and provide paths for water to escape from a lake through piping.
A plan was developed to restore the dam into safe operating condition. Engineers worked closely with city officials and neighborhood residents to create the best possible design solution for everyone concerned. Men and massive machines were brought in to remove trees and brush and strengthen the dam. Drains were installed, a unique wide spillway was added, and the earthen embankment was covered in fast-growing bermuda to prevent erosion.
The finished project represents not only a huge engineering accomplishment but also an accomplishment of cooperation among those that worked together to turn the long-neglected neighborhood lake dam into a phenomenal new structure sure to stand strong for decades to come.
Hall Park Dam in Norman, OK
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