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Saugatuck Reservoir

Saugatuck Reservoir
Saugatuck Reservoir Dam
Location Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Saugatuck River
Primary outflows Saugatuck River
Catchment area 35 square miles (91 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 827 acres (3.35 km2)[1]
Average depth average 45 feet (14 m)
Max. depth 110 feet (34 m)
Water volume 37,215 acre feet (45,904,000 m3)
Shore length1 13 miles (21 km)
Surface elevation 279 ft (85 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Saugatuck Reservoir is a reservoir in Fairfield County, Connecticut, US, that straddles the border between the towns of Redding and Weston. It is created by the Samuel P. Senior dam[2] of the Saugatuck River, and provides water to several of the surrounding towns. It is considered quite scenic and is stocked with trout for fishing. It borders the Devil's Den Preserve in the southwest.

Bridgeport Hydraulic Company Holdings (now owned by Aquarion) flooded the Saugatuck River Valley after 1938[3][4] displacing the village of Valley Forge[5][6] to create the Saugatuck Reservoir.[7]

Aquarion Water Co., owner of the reservoir and dam, allows fishing in one area at the Weston end of the reservoir, where it has constructed a handicapped-access area. However, anglers must obtain a permit from Aquarion before fishing in the Saugatuck.[8]

The Saugatuck is the largest of the eight reservoirs that make up Aquarion’s greater Bridgeport water system. It holds about 12 billion US gallons (45,000,000 m3) of water.[9]

References

  1. ^ Saugatuck Reservoir, Connecticut, USA - Lakelubbers
  2. ^ National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Samuel P. Senior Reservoir Dam (CT 00108), and Popps Mountain Dike (CT 00022), Connecticut Western Coastal Area, Weston, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
  3. ^ FIGHT RESERVOIR PROJECT; Residents Offer to Finance a Suit by Weston, Conn., November 27, 1937, Page 9, 144 words, THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  4. ^ SUE TO PREVENT DAM; Saugatuck Valley Residents Seek Injunction and $250,000, February 3, 1938, Page 10, 133 words, THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  5. ^ Valley Forge Forever Gone, By Marcia Miner, The Aspetuck Land Trust
  6. ^ The rise and fall of Valley Forge, Published: 12:00 a.m., Sunday, March 26, 2006, Robert Miller, THE NEWS-TIMES
  7. ^ Village of the Damned: the fight for open space and the flooding of a Connecticut town. By James Lomuscio, ISBN 1-58465-477-5 ISBN 978-1584654773
  8. ^ Fishing by permit, Recreation - Aquarion
  9. ^ Redding Saugatuck Reservoir Where has all the water gone?, Nov 29, 2007, TheReddingPilot.com

External links

  • Saugatuck Reservoir Trail, Centennial Watershed, State Forest, Easton, Newtown, Redding, Weston - DEP
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