Needed improvements to McMicken Dam in Surprise could possibly be coming.
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) and Congressman Greg Stanton (D-AZ) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting the Corps conduct a feasibility study on improvement options for the dam, near Deer Valley Road and Grand Avenue in the northern part of the city.
Ms. Lesko and Mr. Stanton were joined by the entire Arizona congressional delegation in sending the letter.
“McMicken Dam is an important part of my district and ensuring it is viable for generations to come is of the utmost importance,” Congresswoman Lesko said in a news release. “The dam protects 130,000 Arizonans, Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, I-10, and other critical infrastructure in the area. The dam needs repairs, and it’s important that the USACE assess what repairs are needed so that we can work to secure the funding for future improvement projects. I thank my Arizona colleagues for joining me in this important letter.”
The dam, located in Lesko’s 8th Congressional District, was built in 1955 and impounds storm water from a 150-square-mile watershed.
Earlier this year, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County wrote a letter of intent to the USACE outlining the need for a feasibility study ahead of McMicken Dam repairs.
The congressional letter echoed their request.
“The growth we’ve seen in our region is possible in large part because of smart, forward-thinking infrastructure projects like the McMicken Dam,” Congressman Stanton said in the news release. “The dam offers critical flood protection for more than 130,000 residents in the West Valley. We need to begin important maintenance and rehab of the dam so that it continues to do its job and protects future generations — that starts with this study.”
Ms. Lesko and Mr. Stanton were joined by Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Paul Gosar, DDS (R-AZ), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and David Schweickert (R-AZ) in sending the letter.