Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck was scheduled to testify in support of seismic upgrades for the Scoggins Dam before Congress on Thursday.

Duyck was invited to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bill introduced by Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden to increase certainty to dam repairs across the country being considered by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the dam. Duyck was also scheduled to present the committee with 20 letters supporting the project from a broad coalition of political, business and environmental leaders.

The bureau has committed to upgrading the dam because it could be damaged or destroyed by a major earthquake. Early estimates placed the cost at $340 million, with 85 percent to be paid by the bureau and 15 percent to be paid locally. When the work is done, Clean Water Services also wants to raise the dam 12 feet to provide additional augmentation to the Tualatin River to keep pace with sewage discharges that are projected to increase in the future.

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