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South Slocan Dam - Bonnington Falls, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 27.329 W 117° 31.190
11U E 462326 N 5478221
Quick Description: The South Slocan Dam, named after the nearest community, saw completion in 1928. It is the last of a series of 5 dams in 4.5 km. of the Kootenay River. The dam is about 19 km. downstream from the city of Nelson.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/10/2013 2:51:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMH9BQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:
Begun in 1926, the dam and powerhouse became fully operational in 1929. The dam itself contains three sections; a non-overflow section from the west bank of the river to the headworks, 129 m (425 ft) long and 18 m (60 ft) high; a spillway section 396 m (1300 ft) from the headworks to an island upstream; and a second spillway section 152 m (500 ft) long from the island to the east bank of the river. The spillway sections determine the maximum head available at the powerhouse, which is 21 metres (70 ft).

The powerhouse contains three turbine-generator combinations capable of producing a total of 54 MW of power.

A complex near the South Slocan Dam site was constructed to house workers. The site contained railway spurs, maintenance shops, housing, and a recreation hall that hosted dances, films, a bowling alley and other leisure activities. Partially because of the amenities available this complex eventually became the operational control and maintenance centre for the five Kootenay River plants operated by West Kootenay Power and headquarters for power-line maintenance.
(Factual information from Virtual Museum.)

As we all know, West Kootenay Power is no more and this dam, as well as the Corra Linn, Upper Bonnington and Lower Bonnington Dams nearby are owned by Fortis BC.

Coordinates given are in the centre of the powerhouse.
Operational: yes

Type of power station: Run-of-the-river

Type of turbine: Kaplan

Operator: Fortis BC

Visitor center: no

Date built: 1/1/1929

Generation capacity: 54MW

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