Doing nothing is not an option
Completed in 1975, Scoggins Dam is a generational investment, designed to serve our community for a century or more. In the process of studying an expansion of Hagg Lake to meet the region’s long-range water needs, it became clear the region must also plan for major earthquakes. New information on the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Northwest coast predicts a large earthquake, threatening Scoggins Dam, Hagg Lake and infrastructure throughout the Northwest.
The safety improvements to Scoggins Dam are critical to securing the region’s primary water supply and protecting the public. The region’s future plans are predicated on the continued delivery of safe, secure and reliable water from Hagg Lake. Scoggins Dam must be modified to reduce the risk of failure in a major earthquake in order to:
- Protect public safety
- Help assure the public health and economic vitality of Washington County by securing the County's primary water supply
- Help meet the future water needs of the region