Eighty-year old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Spillway Handles 5″ of rain in 3 hours on June 16
Sections of highway and stormwater infrastructure in parts of northern and southern Wisconsin crumbled under the force of this spring’s storms. In addition to damage to roads, homes, and property, eroded topsoil flowed to the nearest stream or lake. Especially intense were downpours from Saturday June 16 through Monday June 18 when 10′ of rain fell in a short time in Bayfield County, Wisconsin and surrounds.
Meanwhile, the Pope Farm Conservancy spillway remains intact and the surrounding landscape undamaged.
The Pope Farm Conservancy in the Town of Middleton, of Dane County in southern Wisconsin is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 105 acre Pope family farm. The Pope Farm Conservancy “sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.” (About Pope Farm Conservancy)
The design, engineering, and construction of the 1938 spillway is a marvel and is still functioning as intended 80 years later. For more information about the spillway design, click here. This longevity is even more remarkable since modern day storm water infrastructure often fails much sooner.
There will be m,ore about the Civilian Conservation Corps, this CCC project and the Pope Farm Conservancy in subsequent posts.