Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

Excessive seepage losses at Westwood Lake Darn in east-central Indiana were apparent in 1974 during first filling of the lake when seepage areas developed downstream of the dam and abutments. Several remedial studies were performed which included additional test borings, field and laboratory tests, installation of observation wells, and a review of the site geology and hydrology. Data and observations from these studies were used to develop semi-quantitative assessments of seepage loss rates as related to lake levels. These analyses served as a basis for design of a major repair which consisted of blanketing a significant portion of the lake bottom with on-site, low-plasticity clays and clayey silts. The blanketing was completed in 1984 and postrepair filling required about two years. Subsequent monitoring and observations indicate that the lake level is holding at or within 1.5 ft of the original design normal pool.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Excessive Seepage Losses at Westwood Lake Dam

Excessive seepage losses at Westwood Lake Darn in east-central Indiana were apparent in 1974 during first filling of the lake when seepage areas developed downstream of the dam and abutments. Several remedial studies were performed which included additional test borings, field and laboratory tests, installation of observation wells, and a review of the site geology and hydrology. Data and observations from these studies were used to develop semi-quantitative assessments of seepage loss rates as related to lake levels. These analyses served as a basis for design of a major repair which consisted of blanketing a significant portion of the lake bottom with on-site, low-plasticity clays and clayey silts. The blanketing was completed in 1984 and postrepair filling required about two years. Subsequent monitoring and observations indicate that the lake level is holding at or within 1.5 ft of the original design normal pool.