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Newport News VA, Virginia
Federal ownership

Upper Big Bethel Dam is an earth dam built on the Brick Kiln Creek River and is located in Newport News VA, Virginia. It was built for the purpose of recreation.

The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Usaf Acc.

Upper Big Bethel Dam
Newport News VA, Virginia, U.S.
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Usaf Acc

Upper Big Bethel Dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Usaf Acc.

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Dam length 950 feet
Dam height 18 feet
Structural height 18 feet
Max discharge 420 cubic feet per second
Max storage 1,430 acre feet
Normal storage 1,190 acre feet
Surface area 260 acres
Drainage area 7 square miles
950 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.

18 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.

18 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.

420 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.

1,430 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.

1,190 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.

260 acres
Surface area

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

7 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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Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the significant hazard potential classification are those dams where failure or mis-operation results in no probable loss of human life but can cause economic loss, environment damage, disruption of lifeline facilities, or impact other concerns. Significant hazard potential classification dams are often located in predominantly rural or agricultural areas but could be located in areas with population and significant infrastructure.

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.

Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 5 years.

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Latitude 37
Longitude -76
NID ID (National ID) VA199011

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