Arthur R. Bowman Dam

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Arthur R. Bowman Dam
Arthur R. Bowman Dam, near Prineville, Oregon.jpg
LocationCrook County, Oregon, USA
Coordinates44°6′44″N 120°47′12″W / 44.11222°N 120.78667°W / 44.11222; -120.78667Coordinates: 44°6′44″N 120°47′12″W / 44.11222°N 120.78667°W / 44.11222; -120.78667
Opening date1961[1]
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsCrooked River
Height245 feet (75 m)[1]
Length800 feet (244 m)[1]
CreatesPrineville Reservoir
Total capacity233,150 acre feet (0.288 km3)[1]
Catchment area2,300 square miles (5,960 km2)[1]
Surface area3,580 acres (14.5 km2)[1]

Arthur R. Bowman Dam (also known as Bowman Dam;[2] National ID # OR00579) is an earth-type irrigation dam on the Crooked River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is in Crook County. Its reservoir is called Prineville Reservoir.

The dam was constructed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation in 1961, and is operated by the Ochoco Irrigation District.[3] The Crooked River wild and scenic area, which was designated by the Bureau of Land Management in 1988, passes through the center of Bowman Dam. Due to this designation, hydropower production is currently not allowed at the dam.[4]

In 2015, for the third time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Bowman Dam bill, which would authorize the city of Prineville to access about 6 percent more water from the reservoir. As of May 2015, the Bowman Dam bill has not passed the U.S. Senate.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arthur R. Bowman Dam". NPDP Dam Directory, Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
  2. ^ "Bowman Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
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