Granby Dam

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Granby Dam
Granby Dam BuRec CO1.jpeg
Granby Dam is located in Colorado
Granby Dam
Location of Granby Dam
Location Grand County, near Granby, Colorado, USA
Coordinates 40°08′53″N 105°52′03″W / 40.14806°N 105.86750°W / 40.14806; -105.86750Coordinates: 40°08′53″N 105°52′03″W / 40.14806°N 105.86750°W / 40.14806; -105.86750
Construction began 1941
Opening date 1950
Operator(s) U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earthfill
Impounds Colorado River
Height 298 ft (91 m)
Length Dam 861 ft (262 m), dikes 12,722 ft (3,878 m)
Dam volume Dam 2,974,000 cu yd (2,274,000 m3), dikes 1,739,000 cu yd (1,330,000 m3)
Spillway capacity 11,500 cu ft/s (330 m3/s)
Reservoir
Creates Lake Granby
Total capacity 539,800 acre feet (0.6658 km3)
Catchment area 311 sq mi (810 km2)
Power station
Hydraulic head 223 ft (68 m)

Granby Dam (National ID # CO01656) is an earthfill dam that dams the Colorado River 5.5 miles (8.9 km) northeast of Granby, Colorado in Grand County, Colorado. This 298-foot (91 m)-tall dam was constructed between 1941 and 1950 and has a drainage area of 311 square miles (810 km2). The Granby Dam's reservoir is known as Lake Granby, the largest reservoir component of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which diverts water from the west slope of Colorado to populated areas, including Denver, on the east slope. In addition to the waters of the Colorado, water from Willow Creek just below the dam is pumped up 175 feet (53 m) to Lake Granby. Water from Lake Granby is pumped 125 feet (38 m) higher by the Granby Pumping Plant to the Granby Pump Canal, which extents 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to Shadow Mountain Lake, from which water is diverted through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel to the East Slope.[1]

This damsite does not generate any power directly; power is generated at other locations in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado-Big Thompson Project". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 

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