Buchanan Dam

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Buchanan Dam is located in California, and it was constructed in the 1930s to control the flow of the San Joaquin River. The dam is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, and it serves as a significant source of hydroelectric power for the region. The dam also provides water for irrigation purposes and recreation for the surrounding communities. The dam has a capacity of 1,565,400 acre-feet, and it is fed by specific surface flows and snowpack providers like the San Joaquin River and the Sierra Nevada snowpack. The water stored in Buchanan Dam is used for agricultural purposes, including citrus and almond crops. The dam also provides recreational opportunities for fishing, boating, and camping.

May 21, 2024







Storage 24hr Change -0.26%
Percent of Normal 168%
Minimum 9,063 acre-ft
Maximum 145,460 acre-ft
Average 77,942 acre-ft
Dam_Height 179
Hydraulic_Height 192
Drainage_Area 235
Year_Completed 1975
Nid_Storage 150000
Structural_Height 218
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 1780
Hazard_Potential High
Dam_Length 1746
Primary_Dam_Type Rockfill
Nid_Height 218

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