At Station 3 we introduced the magnitude of the recreational economic benefit within the watersheds. This is particularly true for Jersey Valley, the only dam with a maintained pool behind it within either watershed and the only recreational opportunity of its kind within the surrounding area. Prior to failure, Jersey Valley visitors enjoyed the developed beach area, swimming, fishing and non-motorized surface water activities. The immediate surrounding area is used for hunting, birdwatching, bible camp use, family reunions and various parties at the shelter.
Jersey Valley is the exception when making a decision on what to do with the failed dams due to it's unique value, both economically and intrinsically, to the area.
Due to its dual purpose of recreation, in addition to flood control means the federal NRCS cost-share for replacement is less. The public should consider these unique benefits and factors when evaluating alternatives for Jersey Valley.
Jersey Valley Reservoir, September 2020