Corps of Engineers to host public meeting to review draft JRL master plan and EA

Published Feb. 13, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the surrounding communities to attend a public meeting on Feb. 19 to review, submit feedback and comments on the draft Jennings Randolph Lake Master Plan and draft Environmental Assessment (EA).

The public meeting on Feb. 19 will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mineral County Health Department, located at 1080 Co Route 220/5 in Keyser, West Virginia. The format of the meeting will include an open house discussion with project team members from 6 to 7 p.m. A formal project presentation and question and answer session will begin at 7p.m. followed by another open house discussion from 8 to 9 p.m.

The draft master plan and draft EA can be found on the Jennings Randolph Lake Master plan website, will be available at the public meeting and are available for review at the Ruth Enlow Library in Kitzmiller, Maryland and the Keyser-Mineral Public Library in West Virginia. 

The public can provide comments and feedback regarding the draft EA and draft master plan until March 24, 2019 to Major Terrence Harrington at (410) 962-1846 or at Additionally, questions can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division, Subject: Jennings Randolph Lake Project, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201.

All updates regarding the Master Plan revision, public meeting information and ways to submit comments or questions may be found on the following site:

About the Jennings Randolph Lake Master Plan Revision

JRL was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, and was constructed, and is managed, by USACE for the purposes of flood risk management, recreation, water supply and environmental stewardship. The JRL project consists of a rolled earth and rockfill dam, rising 296 feet from the lake bottom. USACE operates and maintains six recreation areas at JRL, including a campground, three overlooks, a picnic area, a beach, and a boat launch.

The primary goals of the Jennings Randolph Lake Master Plan revision are to prescribe an overall land-use management plan, resource objectives and associated design and management concepts for the Jennings Randolph Lake Project. The revised Master Plan will be a project-centered document designed to provide a framework for consistent, responsible decision-making for the next 15 to 25 years for Jennings Randolph Lake.

Master Plans have no set timeframe for revisions, but they are developed to have an effective lifespan of 15 to 25 years. The current Master Plan for Jennings Randolph Lake dates back to 1997. The revision is also a part of a larger, Corps-wide effort to bring master plans up to date across the country.

The Master Plan revision will not change the technical operations of the lake as related to its primary missions of flood risk management, water quality, low flow augmentation, water supply and recreation.

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Becca Nappi

Release no. 19-001