Our 8 Favorite Dams
At Acquia, we consider ourselves digital asset management (DAM) experts. But here’s the thing … we like all kinds of dams! And for good reason. Not only can they be simply awe-inspiring feats of engineering, but they also provide a range of economic, environmental, and social benefits; including recreation, flood control, water management, drinking water, hydroelectric power, and river transportation.
Here is a list of our top eight dams of all time.
8. Robert-Bourassa Dam
Where: Quebec, Canada
With a height of 531 feet, this dam is as tall as a 53-story building. It includes 10 enormous steps — called the giant’s staircase — and the world’s largest underground generating station.
7. Verzasca Dam (or Contra Dam)
Where: Ticino, Switzerland
In the opening scene of the 1995 film “GoldenEye,” a James Bond stuntman jumps from this dam into the Verzasca River below. It has since become a popular site for bungee jumping.
6. Roosevelt Dam
Where: Phoenix, Arizona—Salt River
The location of this dam — called “the crossing” by early Arizona pioneers — was where Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers would ford the Salt River. Upon the dedication of the dam, former President Theodore Roosevelt said, “You could not have done anything which would have pleased and touched me more than to name this great dam, this reservoir site, after me, and I thank you from my heart for having done so.”
5. Fort Peck Dam
Where: Fort Peck, Montana
Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers
The Fort Peck Dam was President Franklin Roosevelt's largest public works project, giving jobs to over 10,000 people. It creates Fort Peck Lake, which is the fifth-largest man-made lake in the United States with more shoreline than the California coast. It's also the largest man-made hydraulic dam in the world.
4. Jean Claude Van Damme
Where: DVD (or a streaming service)
Best known for classic films like Bloodsport and Double Impact, this Belgian martial arts star is one of our favorite time-traveling, snake-punching action movie heroes.
3. The Hoover Dam
Arizona/Nevada border, Colorado River
This dam is an American icon! With enough concrete to pave a road stretching from San Francisco to New York City, its construction involved over 21,000 workers. It offers amazing views across the Black Canyon and attracts nearly a million tourists each year.
2. The world's largest beaver dam
Where: Wood Buffalo National Park—Alberta, Canada
Credit: Parks of Canada
Over the past several decades, beavers in the Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada have used mud, branches, stones, twigs, and grass to build a dam that's so large it can be seen in satellite imagery. At nearly half-mile long, it forms ponds and moats that protect the beavers from predators like wolves and bears.
1. Acquia DAM (Widen)
Where: The Cloud
Of course we had to put ourselves on the list! After all, Acquia DAM is engineered to be an award-winning DAM solution, it helps global brands around the world save energy through workflow efficiencies, and attracts millions of visitors every year.
Note: This article was originally published on Widen.com.