Author Topic: How to recognize an Embankment Dam  (Read 40 times)

Michael Caswell

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Re: How to recognize an Embankment Dam
« on: June 17, 2018, 07:14:58 pm »
Here are some other things to consider.

1. A dam has a spillway, to allow flood water to escape, preventing over-topping which could cause a dam failure.
2. A dam has rip-rap, those rocks on the upstream side to reduce erosion from wave action.
3. A dam is placed across a stream, or river, or source of water, which coupled with the spillway, keeps the water at a fairly constant level.
4. Earthen embankment dams are constructed in similar fashion to the canal embankments. However, NYCC dams were constructed over 100 years ago, without the experience  of modern engineering practices.