Chain of Dams

Chain of Dams (HM2DYK)

Location: Rockport, WA 98283 Whatcom County
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Country: United States of America
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N 48° 42.023', W 121° 12.551'

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The first construction work to harness the Skagit River took place in 1924 in the gorge below. A low wood and rock spillway diverted water into a tunnel dug through the mountainside to a powerhouse in Newhalem. Bigger dams followed, culminating in the Gorge High Dam in 1961.
Upstream there are larger dams and impounded lakes - Diablo and Ross. Gorge Dam, a key link in the hydropower system, fine-tunes the flows from those larger reservoirs.
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· Aerial view looking upstream (east) from Gorge Lake
· 1920s photo of the first Gorge Dam
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Date Added Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 631765 N 5395696
Decimal Degrees48.70038333, -121.20918333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 42.023', W 121° 12.551'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 42' 1.3800000000002" N, 121° 12' 33.06" W
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Area Code(s)360
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near WA-20, Rockport WA 98283, US
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