- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Three dams along the West Fork River are scheduled to come down following a vote by the Clarksburg Water Board.

The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/19LvT8Z ) reports that the board voted 2-1 Monday to enter an agreement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that clears the way for the removal of the dams amid liability concerns. The dams are owned by the water board.

John Schmidt is field supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s West Virginia field office. He said the agreement will allow the agency to begin the permitting process, which he estimated would take about 90 days.

Schmidt said work to take the dams down would begin in the summer.

The Harrison County Commission is expected to attempt to seize ownership of the dams.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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