National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Shenipsit Dam (CT 00482), Thames River Basin, Stafford, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
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The dam, completed in 1961, is an earth embankment approximately 390 feet in length with an emergency spillway at its left with end. It is a flood control project approximately 28.5 feet in height and capable of impounding approximately 520 acre-feet of water. The principal spillway is a drop inlet type structure consisting of a reinforced concrete riser with a 24 inch diameter reinforced concrete outlet pipe through the dam. The grass-bottomed emergency spillway channel is cut into natural ground at the left end of the dam and has a crest length of 125 feet. The top and slopes of the dam are grass covered, with a filter drain at the toe of the downstream slope. Based upon the visual inspection and past performance, the dam is judged to be in good condition. No evidence of instability was observed in the project. There are some remedial measures, such as filling of large holes in the waste areas adjacent to the dam, reestablishment of greasy vegetation in the vehicle tracks on the top of the dam, and institution of a biennial inspection program, which require attention. The spillway capacity with the pond level to the top of the dam is 4700 cfs, which is equivalent to 1300 of the routed test flood outflow.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering