Monday, August 23, 2010

Colebrook Reservoir

The water level is down, so you can see how deep it really is

The remains of an old bridge can be seen when the water level goes down. Last year it was so low, you could walk on the bridge

Someone got a little muddy

Can you see the people down there?

Hoping to see Bald eagles like I did before but there were none today


Biddie said...

OMG, Kristen - that is unreal!! Is this the reservoir that is near Cheryl's place?

I thought that your area had had more rain than this! Those people walking through the mud were lucky that they didn't get stuck - that mud could be several feet deep. When I lived back in TX, on the Bolivar Peninsular, I rescued animals that got mired down in saturated mud more than once.

That bridge is interesting - is there still parts of a paved road to it? Does it still go all the across?

Kristen said...

If I have it correctly, the reservoir supplies water to other towns and every fall, it goes down because they drain it. I could be wrong. I also believe there was a town there once, just like our Hartland reservoir, there is a whole town at the bottom of ours that was called Hartland Hollow. Thats why there is a long drive over to Cheryl's house from mine

Kristen said...

The west branch of the river includes two hydroelectric dams in West Hartland and Colebrook, run by Connecticut's Metropolitan District Commission.

The largest dam on the east branch is the Saville Dam, which impounds the Barkhamsted Reservoir.

The Rainbow Dam, a 68-foot (21 m) dam with a hydroelectric generator and a fish ladder, dams the river at Windsor, a few miles before the river flows into the Connecticut River.

A number of other dams have been built on the river since European settlement, usually to power mills and other industry. A few, such as in Collinsville, are still mostly intact.

Water released from or flowing over the Otis Reservoir dam enters the Farmington River just North of Reservoir Road in Otis, Ma. Significant quantities of water are released during the fall in order to drop the reservoir water level for the winter.

Kristen said...

Cheryl said...

I've often wondered about that submerged town in our reservoir, I wish we could go down to the water and explore!

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