Big Sand Wash West Dam is an earth dam built on the Big Sand Wash River and is located in Upalco, Utah. It was built in 2006 for the purpose of irrigation.
The dam is privately owned by Moon Lake Water Users.
Big Sand Wash West Dam is privately owned by Moon Lake Water Users.
|Dam length||2,950 feet|
|Structural height||55 feet|
|Hydraulic height||55 feet|
|Max storage||26,500 acre feet|
|Normal storage||25,738 acre feet|
|Drainage area||27 square miles|
Length of the dam is defined as the length along the top of the dam. This also includes the spillway, powerplant, navigation lock, fish pass, etc., where these form part of the length of the dam. If detached from the dam, these structures should not be included.
Structural height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance from the lowest point of the excavated foundation to the top of the dam. Top of dam refers to the parapet wall and not the crest.
Hydraulic height of the dam is defined as the vertical difference between the maximum design water level and the lowest point in the original streambed.
Maximum storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the maximum attainable water surface elevation, including any surcharge storage.
Normal storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the normal retention level, including dead and inactive storage and excluding any flood control or surcharge storage. For normally dry flood control dams, the normal storage will be a zero value.
Drainage area of the dam, in square miles, which is defined as the area that drains to a particular point (in this case, the dam) on a river or stream.
Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or mis-operation will probably cause loss of human life.
An emergency action plan is defined as a plan of action to be taken to reduce the potential for property damage and loss of life in an area affected by a dam failure or large flood.
Inspections are every 1 ear.
|Distance to nearest town (miles)||0|
|NID ID (National ID)||UT53328|