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White Haven, Pennsylvania
Federal ownership
Built in 1961

Francis E. Walter Dam is an earth dam built on the Lehigh River and is located in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1961 .

The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cenap.

Location
Francis E. Walter Dam
White Haven, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Dam type
Earth
Dam type
Other
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Cenap
Owner
Federal

Francis E. Walter Dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cenap.

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1961
Completed
Cenap
Dam designer
Lehigh River
River built on
Francis E. Walter Dam was built in 1961.
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Summary
Dam length 3,000 feet
Structural height 239 feet
Hydraulic height 233 feet
Max discharge 128,000 cubic feet per second
Max storage 160,290 acre feet
Normal storage 1,793 acre feet
Surface area 80 acres
Drainage area 288 square miles
3,000 feet
Dam length

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.

239 feet
Structural height

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.

233 feet
Hydraulic height

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.

128,000 cubic feet per second
Max discharge

Number of cubic feet per second the spillway is capable of discharging when the reservoir is at its maximum designed water surface elevation.

160,290 acre feet
Max storage

Maximum storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the maximum attainable water surface elevation, including any surcharge storage.

1,793 acre feet
Normal 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.

80 acres
Surface area

Surface area, in acres, of the impoundment at its normal retention level.

288 square miles
Drainage area

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.

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High
Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or mis-operation will probably cause loss of human life.

Has emergency action plan
Emergency action plan

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.

5/24/2017
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 5 years.

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Distance to nearest town (miles) 5
Latitude 41
Longitude -75
NID ID (National ID) PA00008

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