The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.
The Virginia Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management issued three permits allowing construction of the earthen dam, a project that's been the center of a controversy over central Virginia's 50-year water plan.
Published reports indicated the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority still needs permits from the state’s Departments of Transportation and Environmental Quality before construction can begin.
Environmental groups Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan and the Sierra Club oppose the project, and instead recommend dredging the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir rather than adding any length to the dam.
They say deepening the reservoir will provide enough water to meet the area's needs.