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North Las Vegas, Nevada
Flood Control
Local government owned
Built in 1993

Las Vegas Wash Upper Detention Basin Dam is an earth dam built on the Las Vegas Wash River and is located in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It was built in 1993 for the purpose of flood control.

The dam is owned by the local government. The dam used to be known as Upper Las Vegas Wash Detention Basin.

Location
Las Vegas Wash Upper Detention Basin Dam
North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Dam type
Earth
Dam type
Flood control
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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City of North Las Vegas
Owner
Local government

Las Vegas Wash Upper Detention Basin Dam is owned by the local government.

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1993
Completed
Black & Veatch
Dam designer
Las Vegas Wash River
River built on
Las Vegas Wash Upper Detention Basin Dam was built in 1993.
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Summary
Dam length 6,594 feet
Dam height 55 feet
Structural height 71 feet
Hydraulic height 37 feet
Max discharge 180,750 cubic feet per second
Max storage 1,760 acre feet
Surface area 165 acres
Drainage area 516 square miles
6,594 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.

55 feet
Dam height

Height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance between the lowest point on the crest of the dam and the lowest point in the original streambed.

71 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.

37 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.

180,750 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.

1,760 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.

165 acres
Surface area

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

516 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.

10/3/2017
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 1 ear.

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Former name Upper Las Vegas Wash Detention Basin
Distance to nearest town (miles) 2
Latitude 36
Longitude -115
NID ID (National ID) NV10163

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