On Monday June 13, 2022, the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors visited the Cobbs Creek Reservoir project which is currently under construction in the northern end of the Cumberland County adjacent to the James River. The project – fully owned, funded and managed by Henrico County – is one of the largest and longest running projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Cobbs Creek project, originally estimated to cost $280 million dollars, began in June of 2017 and is estimated to be completed in December of 2023. The Cobbs Creek Reservoir is a 14.8 billion-gallon regional water supply impoundment located in Cumberland County, Virginia that will augment the flow of the James River as needed. Water will be pumped out of the reservoir and into the James River in the drier months, and it will be pulled from the James River into the reservoir in the wetter months. The reservoir will help during drought or near drought conditions by providing extra water to the flow of the James River.
Under their DEQ approval, Henrico County can withdraw up to 75 million gallons per day on average the remaining 17 million gallons used by Henrico County and its regional partners including Cumberland County.
The Cobbs Creek Reservoir project is an example of positive regional cooperation and is an exciting development for Cumberland County. In addition to a daily allotment of water, the project will provide recreational boat access to the reservoir (additional recreational opportunities are being discussed as well) and economic/residential development opportunities that collectively will improve the quality of life of Cumberland County’s residents.
Cobbs Creek Construction Update Video: 2021 12 13 Cobbs Creek Construction Update 1 - YouTube