Hoeven Helps Break Ground on Pipestem Dam Safety Modification Project

Senator Worked with Army Corps to Fully Fund $170 Million Project, Keep it on Schedule

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the Pipestem Dam safety modification project, which will prevent future erosion and ensure the integrity of the facility. Pipestem Dam works in conjunction with the Jamestown Dam to serve the primary purpose of flood risk management for Jamestown. Due to concerns that the highly erodible sands and gravel used in the spillway could lead to an uncontrolled release of water, the Corps is modifying Pipestem Dam with reinforced and roller-compacted concrete features. These include a new crest control structure, spillway chute and stilling basin. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven:

  • Worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fund the project in the Corps’ fiscal years (FY) 2021 and 2022 work plans and keep the effort on schedule.
    • The senator secured more than $170 million to support the project.
    • Advanced this priority with Army Corps Chief Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon during his confirmation process in 2020.

“The Pipestem Dam plays an important role in managing our water resources in the Jamestown area and protecting residents against the risk of flooding, while supporting access to recreation opportunities along the Pipestem Creek and Reservoir that are important to this region’s quality of life,” said Hoeven. “Decades of erosion at this facility created a real risk of breach during times of high-water flows. As such, this project is a vital investment in the continued safety and well-being of homes and business throughout the area.”