Upper Baker Dam

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Upper Baker Dam
Country United States
Location Whatcom County, Washington
Coordinates 48°38′56″N 121°41′27″W / 48.64889°N 121.69083°W / 48.64889; -121.69083Coordinates: 48°38′56″N 121°41′27″W / 48.64889°N 121.69083°W / 48.64889; -121.69083[1]
Status In use
Opening date 1959
Owner(s) Puget Sound Energy
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Impounds Baker River
Height 312 feet (95 m)
Length 1,200 feet (370 m)
Spillways 3
Spillway type Gate-controlled, service
Spillway capacity 90,000 cubic feet per second (2,500 m3/s)
Reservoir
Creates Baker Lake
Total capacity 285,000 acre feet (352,000,000 m3)
Catchment area 215 square miles (560 km2)
Surface area 4,800 acres (19 km2)
Power station
Installed capacity 91 MW
Annual generation 337,350,000 KWh[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Upper Baker Dam". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1992-06-01. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  2. ^ http://carma.org/plant/detail/47198
  3. ^ "Baker River Hydroelectric Project". Puget Sound Energy. October 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  4. ^ "3.3 Water Quantity". Baker River Project, FERC No. 2150. Puget Sound Energy. March 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-18.