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Alcova Dam

Photo of Alcova Dam and Reservoir
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Kendrick Project
Alcova Powerplant
Seminoe Dam
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Schedule of Proposed NEPA Actions
Alcova Dam at Recreation.gov
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Alcova Dam is on the North Platte River about 37 miles downstream from Seminoe Dam and 10 miles downstream from Pathfinder Dam of the North Platte Project. The dam forms a reservoir from which water is diverted into Casper Canal for irrigation of lands in the Kendrick Project. The dam is a zoned earthfill structure rising 265 feet above its foundation, and containing 1,635,000 cubic yards of material. Water is released for other irrigation rights downstream through the Alcova Powerplant or over a controlled spillway. Alcova Powerplant was authorized and built after the completion of Alcova Dam. It is on the right bank of the river opposite the toe of the dam. The plant uses the 165-foot drop from the reservoir to the river for power generation. It consists of two units, each an 18,000-kilowatt vertical-shaft generator driven by a 26,500-horsepower turbine. The reservoir has a total capacity of 184,405 acre-feet, of which only the top 30,606 acre-feet is active capacity available for irrigation.

Last updated: May 31, 2013