Remains of some of the pipes that supplied water from Idlewild Reservoir

Remains of some of the pipes that supplied water from Idlewild Reservoir

Last Days of the Idlewild Dam

The City of Cranbrook’s $2.8 million dollar rehabilitation project is ready for the next phase.

Take a last look Cranbrook. Here is the central piece of Cranbrook’s infrastructure for the past decades — the central concrete core of the Idlewild Dam, slated for rehabilitiation.

The City of Cranbrook’s $2.8 million dollar rehabilitation project is ready for the next phase.

Construction on a bypass pipe and a sediment control pond at the lake is now complete. The wildlife has been relocated, the silt dredged.

The finished bypass pipe and sediment control pond will keep the creek flow going below the dam and through the town. The dam itself will be strengthened and enhanced, and a new higher capacity spillway constructed.

Pictured below: The downstream side of the concrete core, and remains of some of the pipes that supplied water from Idlewild Reservoir to Cranbrook taps.