Upper Baker Dam
|Upper Baker Dam|
|Location||Whatcom County, Washington|
|Owner(s)||Puget Sound Energy|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Concrete gravity|
|Height||312 feet (95 m)|
|Length||1,200 feet (370 m)|
|Spillway type||Gate-controlled, service|
|Spillway capacity||90,000 cubic feet per second (2,500 m3/s)|
|Total capacity||285,000 acre feet (352,000,000 m3)|
|Catchment area||215 square miles (560 km2)|
|Surface area||4,800 acres (19 km2)|
|Installed capacity||91 MW|
|Annual generation||337,350,000 KWh|
Upper Baker Dam is a dam spanning the Baker River in northern Washington in the United States of America. It is one of two dams on the river, the other one being the Lower Baker Dam a few miles downstream. The dam is used to generate hydroelectricity and provide flood control.
Construction of the dam was finished in 1959 by Puget Sound Energy as part of a power generating scheme, the Baker River Hydroelectric Project. The dam is a concrete gravity structure 312 feet (95 m) high and 1,200 feet (370 m) long, and is capable of producing 91 MW. Its reservoir stretches 9 miles (14 km) upstream and contains 285,000 acre feet (352,000,000 m3) of water.
- "Upper Baker Dam". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1992-06-01. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- "Baker River Hydroelectric Project". Puget Sound Energy. October 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "3.3 Water Quantity". Baker River Project, FERC No. 2150. Puget Sound Energy. March 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
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