New spillway leads to low-flow hydropower installation

The 100-year-old spillway at the Black River Falls Hydroelectric Project badly needed improvements or replacement. We designed and managed construction for a new tainter gate spillway and small hydropower unit for the new powerhouse.

Our skillful management kept construction on schedule while administering the equipment bid for the powerhouse and spillway equipment. Our phased construction approach diverted the entire range of flows from the 1,600-square-mile watershed from one side to the other within the main channel, where the new spillway and powerhouse were also constructed. The additional hydropower is a clean energy source that powers the community’s energy grid and helps offset costs from purchasing power. Our dedication and close work with the client led to a beautiful new dam that allows for recreational opportunities for the next century.

Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Engineering Excellence Award
The Daily Reporter
The Daily Reporter
Top Projects Award

Project

Black River Falls Spillway Reconstruction

Client

Black River Falls Municipal Utilities

Location

Black River Falls, WI

From the Client

“From design through administration of construction, Mead & Hunt’s overall management of the spillway replacement project exhibited exceptional skill and commitment to delivering a high-quality product that was accomplished within budget and on schedule.”
Jerry Ewert
General Manager, Black River Falls Municipal Utilities