Tom Miller Dam

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Tom Miller Dam
Tom miller dam austin 2014.jpg
Tom Miller Dam impounds Lake Austin. The downstream side is the beginning of Lady Bird Lake.
Official name Tom Miller Dam
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Coordinates 30°17′38″N 97°47′8″W / 30.29389°N 97.78556°W / 30.29389; -97.78556Coordinates: 30°17′38″N 97°47′8″W / 30.29389°N 97.78556°W / 30.29389; -97.78556
Construction began 1938
Opening date 1940
Operator(s) Lower Colorado River Authority
Dam and spillways
Impounds Colorado River
Height 100.5 feet (30.6 m)
Length 1,590 feet (485 m)
Width (base) 155 feet (47 m)
Creates Lake Austin
Surface area 1,599 acres (6.47 km2) [1]
Power Station
Turbines 2 [1]
Installed capacity 17.3 MW [1]

Tom Miller Dam is a dam located on the Colorado River within the city limits of Austin, Texas, United States. It is one of several dams constructed by the City of Austin for the purpose of flood control and for generating hydroelectric power. Named after Robert Thomas Miller, a former Mayor of Austin, the dam forms Lake Austin, one of the Texas Highland Lakes.

The dam began operating in 1940 and is located at the site of the city's two previous dams, each of which were destroyed during major floods and each of which shared the same name - Austin Dam.[2] It is currently leased to the Lower Colorado River Authority, who maintains and operates the dam.

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  1. ^ a b c "Tom Miller Dam and Lake Austin". Lower Colorado River Authority. 2007. 
  2. ^