Sunday, May 12, 2019

Fort Wayne's Dams

If you are wondering why I'm discussing such small dams, it is because Fort Wayne is my home town.
Hosey Dam (3D Satellite) was built in the 1920s as a hydropower dam.
St. Joe Dam (3D Satellite) has the pumping station that supplies water from the St. Joseph River to the filtration plant.
Cedarville Dam (3D Satellite) is a reservoir dam that creates Fort Wayne's main drinking water supply.

Hosey Dam



History Center
City Light and Power dam on Maumee Ave., 1930s
[I was not aware that the little building used to be a hydro power plant. I remember it was a big deal to make those two roller gates work again to reduce flood heights upstream. And I was not aware that there was a little Tainter gate.]

Evidently the roller gates are again broken. Only the Tainter gate is operated by City Utilities. Between April 15 and October 15 the gate is normally closed to maintain the normal summer pool for recreational use. The rest of the year it is open to allow the rivers (St. Mary as well as St. Joe) to "fall to a low winter pool level."
River Levels

Becky Osbun commented on Theresa's post
Dennis DeBruler I've never seen the Maumee River so low.
https://www.google.com/.../@41.082177,-85.../data=!3m1!1e3
[Note that Anthony Blvd. still has its truss bridge over the Maumee River.]

Becky Osbun posted
ACPL Community Album

Greg Michell commented on Becky's post
Hosey Dam Plaque on 28 Jun 2016.

Daniel Baker, 2014

"The Hosey Dam"

The Hosey Dam was named for Fort Wayne Mayor William J. Hosey, who's list of accomplishments included: the City Light & Power Company Plant, the Three Rivers Filtration Plant and getting the elevated railroad tracks project started. The Hosey was built in the mid-1920s as one of the first major public works projects in Allen County. Located on the Maumee River about a mile south of the confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Marys Rivers, it holds back about 10 feet of water to Sweeney and Johnny Appleseed Parks.

During its life, Hosey Dam served as a power source providing electricity through its hydroelectric generators. Other purposes are a bit uncertain, though. Some say that it was constructed at a time when most sewers emptied into the rivers. Raising the river insured enough water to dilute the sewage, thus lowering the smell. Another supposed purpose was flood control. But, in reality, the rollers could not be raised high enough to halt the flood waters. The rollers as well as the hydroelectric generators have long been out of service.

Rumor has it that there was a study done to see whether or not the Hosey could return to providing electricity. What the outcome was (if there was one), I do not know.

Sources:
News Sentinel | 07/18/2005 | Low-profile dam important to city www.fortwayne.com, 18 July 2005

Hosey, William J. Findagrave.com findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hosey&...;
It is a shame that City Utilities can't keep the roller gates operational because they should be all the way up when the river flow is heavy to help relieve the pressure on the river levees. And evidently they can't raise the Tainter gate very high. Normally a Tainer gate on a river dam would be so high that it is horizontal near the top of the structure.
Screenshot from Facebook Page
Photo from 1982 Flood Gallery

ACPL, 1982 Flood
[Another example that they don't raise the Tainter gate out of the river's flow.]


St Joe Dam


Becky Osbun posted four photos of the St Joe Dam and its pumping station from the ACPL Community Album.
Neil Wayer 63,64 and 65 we walked through the building and across the dam with our bicycles to play Wildcat baseball in the park.
Dennis DeBruler If I remember correctly, we walked through the pumping station on the balcony along the wall.
Neil Wayer Dennis DeBruler Yes we did and it had the coldest water in their drinking fountain.
Michael Wagner Been through there several times. We used to fish just below the dam.
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The river level is raised during the Summer months to provide more drinking water reserve.
Lowering river to add flashboards

There are more views of the St. Joe Dam in the background of some of the photos of the Municipal Beach.



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