Cunningham Memorial Dam Removal on Wolf Creek in Grove City, Mercer County

Category: Local Preparedness/Mitigation

Point of Contact: Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy,

Project Description: American Rivers partnered with PA Fish & Boat Commission to remove the abandoned Cunningham Memorial Dam on Wolf Creek in Grove City, Mercer County. The borough became interested in dam removal after a drowning occurred and the borough’s insurance carrier required dam removal if they were to continue providing coverage. This dam was removed in 2006, after which residents and the borough noted a significant reduction in flood risk. FEMA contacted Grove City Borough in 2010 and urged them to redraw their FIRM to reflect the changes in flood-prone area due to dam removal.

Issues Encountered: There was significant community opposition to removing this dam.

Funding Stream(s): Growing Greener grant received by American Rivers Organization

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