Future of the Rapidan Dam
The Rapidan Dam was built over 100 years ago and has been managed by Blue Earth County for the last 46 years. Throughout the years, the dam has experienced regular flooding—the second-highest flood on record occurring as recently as 2019. These flood events and the toll of time have caused significant damage to the dam’s structure and usability.
In 2021, a study was conducted that identified two feasible solutions for the dam’s state of disrepair: repair or remove the dam. Both options have significant costs, and each has its opportunities, trade-offs, and timeframes. The purpose of the Future of Rapidan Dam project is to identify the community’s needs and concerns and use their input on the options to help the County make the best decision for all impacted by the Dam’s future.
Watch the Rapidan Dam: Repair or Replace? video.
Blue Earth County hosted an in-person open house on April 19, 2022, which had over 125 attendees. If you missed the event, you can still share your feedback!
Check out the Virtual Learning Platform below to learn more about both the repair and remove option and share your feedback using the online survey.
Numerous other engagement opportunities will be available now through June 2022 to collect the community’s input on the project, including a survey, pop-up events, and open houses. Check back here for updates on how you can provide your feedback.
With this big decision looming, the County Board is seeking your input so they can better understand the community’s needs and concerns before making their decision. Your feedback is critical so the County Board can make the best decision for the future of the Rapidan Dam.