99 Years Later

City, Dayton Talking About Renewing Pact For Silver Lake Water

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Posted: February 20, 2014

Harrisonburg and Dayton are renegotiating a contract for the Silver Lake water rights. Dayton, where the lake is located, has had first rights for 99 years and the contract expires in August. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Dayton used between 13 million and 26 million gallons of water from Silver Lake last year. The existing agreement is structured so that Dayton pays a decreasing scale for water usage.

HARRISONBURG — Silver Lake in Dayton may become a gold mine of last resort for Harrisonburg’s water needs.

The city, which owns the lake but doesn’t use it, is negotiating a new contract with...



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