Jordan’s Point dam: Should it stay or go?

By Sutton Travis

Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials want to remove the dam at Jordan’s Point on the Maury River for environmental and safety reasons. In a 2007 inspection report, state officials declared the dam a drowning hazard and at risk of failing. State officials say removing the dam would improve the environment for both fish and the area’s human visitors. If officials approve the project, the Game and Fisheries Department would manage and fund the dam’s removal.

A community meeting with Game and Fisheries officials, the Lexington City Council and the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled for May 15 at 6 p.m. at Lylburn Downing Middle School. Specific questions for Game and Fisheries officials can be emailed in advance to Sam Crickenberger, the Rockbridge County Director of Community Development, at scrickenberger@rockbridgecountyva.gov.