National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Parks Pond Dam (CT 00071), Housatonic River Basin, Danbury, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALTHAM MA NEW ENGLAND DIV
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Parks Pond Dam is a cyclopean masonryearth embankment that is approximately 180 feet long and 12 feet high. The earth embankment is on the downstream side and has a 21 slope. The upstream face is cyclopean masonry with a vertical face. The spillway is located on the southern half of the dam and consists of a 30.5 foot long weir. There is a lower gate house for the control of a discharge pipe that passes through the base of the dam. The size of the pipe is unknown. The valve for the operation of the discharge pipe is inoperable. The drainage area is 0.5 square miles and the reservoir has 100 acre-feet of available storage. The assessment of the dam is based on the visual inspection, past operational performance and hydraulichydrologic computations. The dam is judged to be in poor condition with several areas that require attention. These areas include seepage through the dam and around the spillways west training wall, deteriorated concrete of the spillway and upstream face of the dam, vegetation on the embankments and along the toe of the dam and the nonoperating status of the blowoff. The dam is classified as small and has a significant hazard potential in accordance with guidelines established by the Corps of Engineers. The test flood for this dam is 12 the Probable Maximum Flood PMF. The test flood inflow is 625 cfs and the routed test flood outflow is 473 cfs. The test flood outflow will overtop the dam by 0.55 feet.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering