ROAD WASHOUT? DAM IT!

The combination is described of a road and water impounding dam into one structure by conservation minded landowners. Various road-dam projects are briefly outlined: a 48-inch culvert was replaced with a road-dam; by building up the road and impounding a quarter acre of water, a gully was stabilized and the size of the pipe was reduced to 8 inches; in another project, two 36-inch culverts were replaced with one road-dam and one 18-inch pipe; The best sites for road-dams have a deep flat valley between two hills, allowing the maximum storage with a small fill. However, water lines, power lines or buried cables may prevent digging in some sites. Road-dams do not have the problems that culverts have with trash or silt plugging the inlet. The pipe may be made to flow full of water, and therefore smaller pipes can normally be used. Road-dam construction requires the cooperation of the landowner, the township board, the county court, the soil and water conservation district, and the soil conservation service. The landowner provides the site for the borrow and the pool, the township pays for the earth work, and the county court pays for the pipe.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Soil Conservation Service

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Snead, D
    • Harryman, R L
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8-9
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 10 1975 12:00AM