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Lowell, Massachusetts
Privately owned
Built in 1822

Lower Pawtucket Locks Dam is built on the Lower Pawtucket Canal River and is located in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was built in 1822 .

The dam is privately owned by Boott Hydropower, Inc. It is also known as Lower Pawtucket Canal Dam.

Location
Lower Pawtucket Locks Dam
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Dam type
Other
Dam type
Other
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Boott Hydropower, Inc
Owner
Private

Lower Pawtucket Locks Dam is privately owned by Boott Hydropower, Inc.

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1822
Completed
Lower Pawtucket Canal River
River built on
Lower Pawtucket Locks Dam was built in 1822.
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Summary
Dam length 120 feet
Dam height 19 feet
Structural height 20 feet
Hydraulic height 15 feet
Max discharge 3,400 cubic feet per second
Max storage 4,500 acre feet
Normal storage 4,500 acre feet
Surface area 720 acres
120 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.

19 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.

20 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.

15 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.

3,400 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.

4,500 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.

4,500 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.

720 acres
Surface area

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

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Low
Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the low hazard potential classification are those where failure or misoperation results in no probable loss of human life and low economic and/or environ-mental losses. Losses are principally limited to the owner’s property.

Not required
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.

6/8/2016
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 3 years.

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Also known as Lower Pawtucket Canal Dam
Latitude 42
Longitude -71
NID ID (National ID) MA00837

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