National Dam Inspection Program. Bear Creek Lake Dam (NDI ID Number PA-00545, DER ID Number 40-47), Delaware River Basin, Bear Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Phase I Inspection Report.
O'BRIEN AND GERE ENGINEERS INC PHILADELPHIA PA JUSTIN AND COURTNEY DIV
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Bear Creek Lake Dam is a rock filled timber crib structure approximately 325 feet long and 17 feet high at its maximum section. An ungated drop spillway with an 158-foot long sharp crested weir is located approximately 60 feet from the right abutment looking downstream. The 80 acre lake is used for recreation by the residents of Bear Creek Village. It is unknown when the dam was constructed. In the state inspection report of April, 1915 it is stated, This dam was constructed a great many years ago, but it has been repaired from time to time, so that more than likely none of the original structure is now in existence. Examination of the results of the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis indicate that the drop spillway is capable of passing 11 percent of the Probable Maximum Flood PMF without overtopping of the embankment. Failure of the dam would significantly increase the hazard to loss of life downstream of the dam. Therefore, the capacity of the drop spillway is classified as seriously inadequate. The dam is considered to be unsafe non-emergency.
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