Best Maintained Dam Award

This award honors those dams in Ohio that have been judged to be the best cared for in their ownership category. To be eligible for this award a dam must be at least five years old (or that it has been at least five years since the dam was rehabilitated) and must be in compliance with all of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources dam safety regulations.

Awards Presented in November 2020

Eramet Waste Retention Dam (Washington County, Ohio) owned by Eramet is hereby awarded the Ohio Dam Safety Organization's Best Maintained Dam Award for the Industrial Dam category.
St. Henry WWT Lagoon (Mercer County, Ohio) owned by the Village of St. Henry is hereby awarded the Ohio Dam Safety Organization's Best Maintained Dam Award for the Local Public Dam category.
Goodrich Lake Dam (Warren County, Ohio) owned by Victor and Eva Goodrich is hereby awarded the Ohio Dam Safety Organization's Best Maintained Dam Award for the Private Dam category.

Awards previously presented include the following:

YearCategoryFacility NameOwners / Organization
2019Private DamPierce-Ruhland Pond Dam
Local Public DamLake Brunswick
2018Local Public DamFour Mile Creek DamPreble County Commissioners
Private DamLake Arrowhead DamRandy Swetnam
2017Local Public DamDelphos Reservoir DamCity of Delphos
Private DamMoe Pond DamColonel Thomas Moe
2016Property Owner AssociationSunrise Lake DamSunrise Landing Community
Private DamZupan Lake DamJoe Zupan
2015Private DamBrookside Country Club Lake DamBrookside Country Club
Local Public DamYellow Creek Upground ReservoirVillage of Leipsic
2014Private DamSilver Creek DamBattelle Memorial Institute
Local Public DamColdwater Wastewater Treatment DamVillage of Coldwater
2013Local Public DamMunroe Falls Lake Dam
Summit County, Ohio
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
Conservancy DistrictRush Creek Structure No. 5-A
Fairfield County, Ohio
Rush Creek Conservancy District
Property Owner AssociationSunrise Lake Dam
Warren County, Ohio
Sunrise Lake Board
2012Local Public (Co-Recipient)O'Shaughnessy Dam
Delaware County
Columbus Division of Water and Power
Local Public (Co-Recipient)Silver Creek Metro Park Dam
Summit County
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
PrivateHammerhead Lake Dam
Warren County
Kenneth Weiss
2011Local PublicLetha House Lake Dam
Medina County
Medina County Park District
PrivateGross Lake Dam
Wayne County
Donald Grossniklaus
2010Local PublicBear Town Lake Dam
Geauga County
Geauga Park District
PrivateGreen Lake Dam
Pickaway County
Mr. Kent Green
StateCaldwell Lake Dam
Ross County
ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation
2009Local PublicFindlay Upground Reservoirs No. 1 & 2
Hancock County
City of Findlay Ohio
2008IndustrialLake Evans Dam
Mahoning County
Aqua Ohio
2007PrivateCamp Francis Asbury Lake Dam
Gallia County
Shawnee Valley District
United Methodist Church
2006PrivateMead Foremen’s Club Pond Dam
Ross County
Countrytyme ALC
Property Owners AssociationChoctaw Lake Dam
Madison County
Choctaw Lake Property Owners Association
StateStonelick Lake Dam
Clermont County
ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation
2005Conservancy DistrictTaylorsville Dam
Montgomery County
Miami Conservancy District
Local PublicEast Cold Run Salem Reservoir Dam
Columbiana County
City of Salem Ohio
PrivateLake Stroman Dam
Champaign County
Jake and Terry Conley
2004Conservancy DistrictHunters Run Structure No. 8
Fairfield County
Hunters Run Conservancy District
IndustrialLincoln Heights Upground Reservoir
Hamilton County
Southwestern Ohio Water Company
PrivateJack Towne Dam
Guernsey County
Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Gail Cowan
StateJackson Lake Dam
Jackson County
ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation
2003None Awarded
2002Local PublicSilver Creek Metro Park DamSummit County Metro Parks
PrivateLuczek DamDr. Stephen Luczek
Property Owners AssociationLake Waynoka DamLake Waynoka Property Owners Association
Conservancy DistrictGermantown DamMiami Conservancy District
2001IndustrialUSEC Dam X-230KU.S. Enrichment Corporation
PrivateMiddletown Sportsmen's Club DamMiddletown Sportsmen Club
IndustrialLake Lorelei DamLake Lorelei Property Owners Association
2000IndustrialLake Dorothy Dam
Summit County
PPG Industries
PrivatePine Tree Lake Dam
Wayne County
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dush
StateHarrison Lake Dam
Fulton County
ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation
1999IndustrialLake Dorothy DamPPG Industries
StateEssington Dam at Perry State ForestODNR Division of Forestry
1998Conservancy DistrictHunter Run Structure #1Hunter Run Conservancy District
IndustrialLime Sludge Lagoon Dam X611-BU.S. Enrichment Corporation
Local PublicFindlay Upground Reservoir #1City of Findlay Water Treatment Plant
Property Owners AssociationLake-In-the-Woods DamLake-In-the-Woods Association
StateStewart Lake Dam
Great Seal/Scioto Trail State Park
ODNR Division of Parks