National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Crystal Lake Dam (CT 00138), Lower Connecticut River Basin, Middletown, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
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Crystal lake is an earthen embankment dam with a maximum height of 50 feet and a length of 130 feet. The upstream and downstream slopes are faced with riprap. The dam has a water control structure with a 36-inch diameter outlet pipe controlled by two sluice gates and a stop log spillway. The dam impounds Crystal lake which is used for recreational purposes. The lake has a storage volume of 350 acre-feet. Based upon the height of the dam, the size classification is intermediate. The dam is judged to be in generally fair condition. The crest is level, and no lateral movement was observed. The vertical and horizontal alignment of the dam is good. Some minor erosion along the dam adjacent to the left abutment was noted. The riprap paving on the upstream face is in good condition. The rockfill downstream face is also in good condition. Small trees and scrub brush are growing on the upstream and downstream slopes and could cause problems if not removed. The total capacity of the water control structure and the 36-inch diameter outlet pipe is adequate to pass the spillway test flood with a freeboard of 0.8 feet.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
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