National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Merriman Pond Dam (CT 00128), Naugatuck River Basin, Watertown, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
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The Merriman Pond Dam consists of an earth embankment with a maximum height of 16 feet, a top width that varies from 30 to 80 feet, and an overall length of 500 feet, including a 12.5 foot long overflow spillway located approximately 150 feet from the right end of the dam. A paved road extends the entire length of the dam with a steel beam and concrete bridge crossing the spillway discharge channel. The outlet works consist of an 8-inch low level outlet or blowoff located to the left of the spillway and controlled by a downstream valve. The dam impounds Merriman Pond which is used as the water supply for turf irrigation of an adjacent golf course. Based on the visual inspection, the dam is judged to be in poor condition. Features that could affect the future integrity of the dam are continued erosion of the upstream and downstream slopes, seepage through the embankment, the presence of trees, stumps and brush on the downstream slope and deterioration of the spillway wing walls. The Test Flood inflow of 680 cfs results in a routed outflow of 345 cfs that overtops the dam by 0.1 feet. The spillway capacity with the water level at the top of the dam is 330 cfs and is equal to 96 percent of the Test Flood routed outflow.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering