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Point Marion Lock and Dam
, previously known as Lock and Dam Number 8
, is one of nine navigational structures on the Monongahela River
The Monongahela River is a river on the Allegheny Plateau in north-central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania in the United States...
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, West Virginia
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. Maintained and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the gated dam forms an upstream pool that is 11.2 miles (18 km) long, stretching to the base of the Morgantown Lock and Dam
Morgantown Lock and Dam is a navigational lock and gated dam on the Monongahela River at Morgantown, West Virginia. It is part of a series of dams that canalizes the Monongahela to a depth of at least for its entire length from Fairmont, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is...
. It is located at river mile
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90.5 (river kilometer 145.6).
There is one lock chamber on the left descending bank of the river at the dam, 84 feet (25.6 m) wide and 720 feet (219.5 m) long. The reservoir formed by the dam is also a municipal and industrial water supply.