National Dam Inspection Program. Wild Creek Dam, Carbon County, Pennsylvania (National I.D. Number PA-00609), Delaware River Basin, Wild Creek, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Phase I Inspection Report,
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Wild Creek Dam is a zoned rolled earth and coarse fill embankment with riprap facing on the upstream side. The downstream side is a rolled coarse rock shell. It is approximately 1076 feet long and 135 feet high. This dam was designed to pass the probable maximum flood. However, it is the second in a series of two dams on Wild Creek above Beltzville Reservoir. A sudden breach of the upper, Penn Forest, dam would probably result in overtopping failure of Wild Creek Dam. The Corps of Engineers Beltzville Dam, immediately downstream from Wild Creek, is reportedly designed to withstand this event. Since Wild Creek Dam has been designed to pass the PMF, the spillway is considered to be Adequate. Wild Creek Dam appears to be in excellent condition. No visible signs of uncontrolled leakage, sloughing, or significant displacement were discovered other than along the spillway retaining walls where some cracking was observed. It was noted that this zoned embankment dam was designed without protective filters between the impervious core and coarser outer shell. However, no indications of internal erosion have manifested themselves in over 40 years of service.
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