The Dam & Spillway

The Dam & Spillway

The Lake Holiday Dam is owned by the Association and is our responsibility to preserve and maintain.  During the course of 2011, 2012 and early 2013, the spillway portion of the Lake Holiday Dam was replaced. The entire Lake Holiday Dam is now state-of-the-art, ranks as one of the most modern dam spillways in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is in full compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations.

This project was achieved by the formation of a special Sanitary District under Frederick County.  The Sanitary District, using Frederick County resources, supervised the entire construction project.  The membership of the Sanitary District includes all owners of property within Lake Holiday.  These owners are being billed semi-annually by the County under its authority as holder of the Sanitary District to repay a $9.25 million bond to the Virginia Resource Authority at a rate of 5.19% over a period of 20 years.  Sanitary District tax rates for property owners are reviewed annually and approved by the Frederick County Board of Supervisors.

Continuous maintenance will keep our dam in an optimal condition and ensure that we continue to meet our obligation for safety and to ensure the stability of the dam for our residents.  Long-term management of a large impoundment structure such as the Lake Holiday Dam will require constant monitoring.  An updated state-of-the-art monitoring system was installed in 2017.

The Lake Holiday Emergency Action Plan (EAP) will be updated as required, fulfilling the requirement for dam certification.  The EAP provides detailed procedures to be followed in case of an emergency and must be exercised on a periodic basis.  Maintaining this plan is critical to ensure proper responsiveness should a major rainfall event threaten the integrity of the dam.

Video of the Dam & Spillway in action during an extreme 2018 Storm Event:

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