check dam

check dam

[′chek ‚dam]
(civil engineering)
A low, fixed structure, constructed of timber, loose rock, masonry, or concrete, to control water flow in an erodable channel or irrigation canal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

check dam

A barrier in an erodible channel to control the flow of water.
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There was fear and panic among residents of Mbuyu Sub-Location, Gwa Kung'u in Nyandarua County after a newly-built public dam burst its banks on Tuesday following a heavy downpour.The 100,000 cubic metres Karai dam built by the National Irrigation Board (NIB) broke its banks but, luckily, drained its water into an adjacent colonial check dam thus averting disaster.
Summary: Chief Minister informed the state assembly that a panel had been constituted and it would soon submit a report on whether the collapse of the check dam had caused the destruction in the region
The check dam pond water balance indicates the volume of spilled water, potential water to percolate into the soil, and the amount of water to be stored in the pond.
Projects include the the Qaus Check Dam 1, which is 152m long and 15m high, has a capacity of 2.3 million cubic metres of flood water, and the Qaus Check Dam 2, which has a capacity to hold 1.16 million cubic metres of floodwater.
The projects visited by the minister included Qaus Check Dam 2, which has a capacity to hold 1.16 million cubic meters of floodwater.
Their topics include a global and historical introduction to traditional uses of check dams, check dams in the torrent control practice in small mountainous catchments, managing stream morphology with check dams, filtering-retention check dam design in mountain torrents, induced morphological changes affecting the stability of check dam systems, local scouring at check dams in mountain rivers, and upstream and downstream effects of check dams in braided rivers in the Central Pyrenees.