Flood Risk Management
Conant Brook Dam is on Conant Brook and covers 469 acres in the Town of Monson, Massachusetts. The reservoir is part of a network of seven flood control dams in the Lower Connecticut River Basin constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Together with the Barre Falls Dam on the Ware River, it helps to control flooding on the Chicopee River.
Water levels at Conant Brook Dam are regulated by a 36 inch diameter conduit; there are no gates. The water flowing through this conduit drains an area of 7.8 square miles.Total flood control storage at Conant Brook Dam is 1.3 billion gallons (3,740 acre ft.) of flood waters at a maximum pool level of 64 feet. Water from flood control storage is released automatically as downstream river levels recede.
The Reservoir Regulation Team (RRT) at New England District Headquarters, in Concord, Massachusetts is the "nerve center" for New England flood control projects such as Conant Brook Dam. Using radio and satellite communications, the RRT constantly monitors river levels and weather conditions that influence flood control decisions.
Conant Brook Dam was placed into operation in 1966 at a cost of $2.9 million and has prevented more than $2.9 million in flood related damages.
There are many things you can do at Conant Brook Dam. Spring brings a renewed interest in fishing and for mountain biking. Conant Brook is part of the MBW Trail a trail that goes through the towns of Monson, Brimfield and Wales. During winter time cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed by the family on the wide trails.
In fall the colorful leaves make the rolling hills and the river valley a photographers delight. Scenic views can be enjoyed throughout the area.
Hunting for deer, turkey, and other small game is allowed in the forested wetland and upland areas of the project. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts fish and game laws. Licenses are required and available at the local town halls.
Park Rangers are available to present interpretive programs about the project.
The natural environment of Conant Brook Dam reflects the diverse nature and beauty of New England. Forested, rolling hills frame the river valley in which numerous wildlife species find a home.
Our goal is to manage these resources for future generations to enjoy. You can help by being good stewards of our public lands. You can volunteer to assist with recreation and natural resource management.