Wrightsville Dam – Montpellier VT

Description

A flood in 1927 brought about plans to construct a number of flood control dams, made possible by the New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

“The dam at Wrightsville Reservoir in Montpelier is located on the North Branch of the Winooski River, about 40 miles southeast of Burlington. From Montpelier, the dam is three miles north on Route 12.

The project provides flood protection primarily to Montpelier. In conjunction with East Barre Dam and Waterbury Reservoir, the project also reduces flood damage in other downstream communities, including Middlesex and Waterbury on the Winooski River.
Construction of the project began in August 1933 [by the CCC] and was completed in October 1935. The project consists of an earthfill dam with stone slope protection 1,525 feet long and 115 feet high.”

Source notes

http://vermonthistory.org/documents/findaid/NorthBranchCem.pdf

http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/FloodRiskManagement/Vermont/Wrightsville.aspx

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on December 16, 2014.

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Location Info


Wrightsville Dam Rd
Montpelier, VT 05602

Location notes: The dam at Wrightsville Reservoir in Montpelier is located on the North Branch of the Winooski River, about 40 miles southeast of Burlington. From Montpelier, the dam is three miles north on Route 12.

Coordinates: 44.310785, -72.574880

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