A $5.8 million project is underway to repair a weir on Fort Leonard Wood within the Big Piney River

A $5.8 million project is underway to repair a weir on Fort Leonard Wood within the Big Piney River. A weir is a low dam built across a river to raise water levels upstream. On Fort Leonard Wood, the weir serves a special purpose to pond water for the installation’s water supply. Angela Loewen, civil engineer and team lead for the project, says it is the main water supply for Fort Leonard Wood. The weir has been repaired multiple times since its construction in the early 1940s, but it has deteriorated over time due to weather events and high river flows. Work on the weir is subject to unique issues, such as concerns regarding endangered species such as the Eastern Hellbender, an aquatic salamander. The contractor selected for the project needed to have niche capabilities needed to overcome challenges such as this. There will be no impact on the current water intake operations throughout the duration of the project. Completion of the project is scheduled for fall 2023.