National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Rainbow Pond Dam (CT 00039), Connecticut River Basin, Windsor, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
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The dam consists of a 400 foot long concrete spillway across the Farmington River with an adjacent hydroelectric generating powerhouse, and a 100 foot long butressed concrete transition dam spanning from the 70 foot long powerhouse to a 1050 foot long earth dike running along the pond shoreline. There are two low level sluices through the spillway section which are operated by hydraulic lifts in a chamber above the sluices. The sluices have an inlet elevation approximately 44.5 feet below the crest of the spillway. The 4 inlets to the turbines are approximately 34.5 feet below the crest of the spillway the discharge flows to a tailrace channel cut into bedrock to the left of the spillway discharge channel. A fish ladder with an inlet about 1.5 feet below the spillway crest also discharges into the tailrace channel. All inlet gates are well maintained and operable. Based upon the visual inspection and past performance, the dam is judged to be in fair condition. No evidence of instability was observed in the dam or its appurtenances. The condition of the earth dike is good, however there are areas requiring attention. Based upon our hydraulics computations, the spillway capacity is 101,000 cfs, which is equivalent to 51 of the routed Test Flood outflow.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering