Comox Lake Dam control gates

This has to be one of my favorite scenes at the BC Hydro impoundment dam on Comox Lake – lots of water, but not too much, and a healthy discharge for the salmon downstream and for the Puntledge Generating Station.

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The dam forebay viewed from the Comox Lake Logging Road bridge

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The control gates and spillway viewed from the remote control station

Besides the view of the forebay area, I also took the time to walk the trails around the dam to take a better look at the control gate mechanisms. The remotely monitored and operated control gates allow a fairly precise regulation of the discharge of water from Comox Lake.

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The top of the dam and the dual control gate mechanisms

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And looking at the downstream discharge raceway

and a bit of video…

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