O is for Overflow............
The overflow at the dam was really flowing with all the extra spring water and melting snow a couple of weeks ago.
There are two overflow areas at this dam, and this is the active one. It is usually just a small stream, especially in the summer when the water levels are lower.
Only once in all of the 26 years that we have lived here have I seen the overflow on the other side with any water in it.
Actually the water that was in it at that time wasn't flowing. That spot must act as a holding area for this overflow so the whole dam can still hold back what it needs too without being overtaken.
This dam is part of a whole system of dams and waterways that run through our state, into the next, and finally out to the ocean.
It's kind of neat how they control all this water and keep us all safe too.
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