Post 9/11 Tours of Bull Shoals Dam to Resume

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Public tours of one of the largest dams in the southeastern United States will resume this winter.  But the tours at Bull Shoals Dam will be on a limited basis because of continuing security concerns after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The dam on the White River will be the first among the 25 dams in the Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District to conduct regularly scheduled tours after the attacks six years ago.

Lack of funding also has slowed the resumption of tours.  But the agency worked out a plan with the Bull Shoals-White River State park to conduct the program with state staff and volunteers from the park's visitors center that overlooks the dam.

The dam was built in 1951.  In addition to flood control, the dam has a hydroelectric power plant, and its water is used for recreation and drinking water.

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