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Ashuelot River white water events on April 25 in Surry cancelled by paddling clubs due to COVID-19 concerns

Published April 21, 2020

CONCORD, Mass. – All Ashuelot River paddling events that were scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Surry, New Hampshire, have been cancelled by the paddling club requestors due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Surry Mountain Dam in Surry, New Hampshire, will not be providing controlled releases of water that weekend, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials.


Construction of Surry Mountain Dam was completed in 1941 at a cost of $2.8 million. The 1,800‑foot‑long, 86‑foot‑high dam has a reservoir storage capacity of 10.6 billion gallons of water. During the 1987 flood, this dam utilized 100 percent of its storage capacity and prevented $8 million in flood damages.


Since construction in 1941, the flood risk management dam has prevented flood damages estimated at $161.1 million ($390 million, adjusted for inflation).


For more information on Surry Mountain Lake contact the Park Ranger staff at (603) 352-2447 or (603) 352-4130 or visit the website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Surry-Mountain-Lake/.


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Tim Dugan

Release no. 20-034