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Unincorporated Residents, New Mexico
Flood Control
Local government owned
Built in 1959

Upper Penasco Site 3A Dam is an earth dam built on the Graveyard Canyon River and is located in Unincorporated Residents, New Mexico. It was built in 1959 for the purpose of flood control.

The dam is owned by the local government. It is also known as Graveyard Canyon Dam.

Location
Upper Penasco Site 3A Dam
Unincorporated Residents, New Mexico, U.S.
Dam type
Earth
Dam type
Flood control
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Otero Soil & Water Conservation District
Owner
Local government

Upper Penasco Site 3A Dam is owned by the local government.

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1959
Completed
USDA NRCS
Dam designer
Graveyard Canyon River
River built on
Upper Penasco Site 3A Dam was built in 1959.
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Summary
Dam length 241 feet
Dam height 51 feet
Structural height 52 feet
Hydraulic height 50 feet
Max discharge 1,300 cubic feet per second
Max storage 64 acre feet
Surface area 4 acres
Drainage area 1 square miles
241 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.

51 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.

52 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.

50 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.

1,300 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.

64 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 acres
Surface area

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

1 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.

No 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.

6/3/2015
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 3 years.

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Also known as Graveyard Canyon Dam
Former name 0
Latitude 32
Longitude -105
NID ID (National ID) NM00224

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