Lake Zumbro Hydroelectric Generating Plant

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Lake Zumbro Hydroelectric Generating Plant
Zumbropowerdam.jpg
The Zumbro Hydroelectric Plant as the water level is being lowered for the winter.
Location Mazeppa Township / Zumbro Township, Wabasha County, Minnesota, USA
Nearest city Mazeppa, Minnesota and Oronoco, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°12′47.25″N 92°28′45.85″W / 44.2131250°N 92.4794028°W / 44.2131250; -92.4794028Coordinates: 44°12′47.25″N 92°28′45.85″W / 44.2131250°N 92.4794028°W / 44.2131250; -92.4794028
Built 1919
Built by Omaha Structural Steel Bridge Co.
Architect Hugh Lincoln Cooper
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Minnesota Hydroelectric Generating Facilities MPS
NRHP Reference # 91000243 [1]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1991

The Lake Zumbro Hydroelectric Generating Plant is a dam owned by Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) of Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Built in 1919–1920 under supervision of Hugh L. Cooper, the dam across the Zumbro River creates Lake Zumbro in Mazeppa Township, Zumbro Township and Oronoco Township. This dam spans 440 feet (130 m) and is 55 feet (17 m) deep. Lake Zumbro covers 2,000 acres (810 ha). Ecologists are currently studying the impact of the dam on local ecosystems, as numbers of native wildlife have steadily declined since its construction.

Sign on the Zumbro Hydroelectric Plant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15. 

External links[edit]

RPU Power Sources - Dam details on the Rochester Public Utilities site.