Liberty University officials held a public meeting with Ivy Lake residents last night to talk bout the lake’s future. LU has owned the lake since 2008. In September, engineers said the lake’s dam is dangerous. Options include enlarging the spillway or building a new concrete one, or eliminating the dam altogether, which would eliminate the lake. LU chancellor Jerry Falwell Junior says the school would be willing to pay half the cost of enlarging the spill-way, if the Ivy Lake homeowners paid the rest. Engineers say a decision needs to be made by summer.
2/5/13: Ivy Lake, owned by Liberty University in Forest is in need of repairs to meet state safety standards. The News & Advance reports the Department of Recreation and Conservation discovered a deficiency in the construction during its most recent inspection. The dam would need to be brought up to standards to keep operating. Certificates are required of dam owners every six years. The Ivy Creek dam certificate expired in September. According to the article, there are several options in order to fix the problem; one includes draining the lake and breaching the dam. DCR says, it’s rare for the agency to order a dam breached, but if decided, any draining of the lake, would be gradual.