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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

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The coffer dam was then removed , allowing these various layers to act as a natural fine filter through which the water travels down to the pipes by simple infiltration.
Near Sandouping Town in Hubei province, work is already under way on the main dam wall, coffer dam and a ship lock vast enough to enable ships the size of the Titanic to sail upstream to Chongqing.
43) At least one foreign engineering firm's inspection has already revealed errant practices at the construction site, such as shoddy construction of the coffer dam.
There is only a head between Coxmoor Maid (Jack Hardy/Steve Holland) and Coffer Dam (Fred Winter/ Richard Pitman) in the second part of the novice hurdle at Leicester.
This additional work builds on the successful completion of Cavico's initial scope of work, the construction a diversion tunnel and coffer dam, which validates Cavico's strength and capabilities in the field of underground construction.
Tenders are invited for Construction Of Coffer Dam And Cutting Of Sand Embankment In River Koel At Intake Points.
Stephen Burke, VSL Middle East deputy general manager, explained: "For instance, normally around a foundation, you would have a coffer dam which would require sheet piling.
NORTH BROOKFIELD - Water from the rapidly rising Horse Pond reservoir cascaded over the sandbag coffer dam, flooding a gatehouse atop the earthen dam that impounds the town's water supply.
Since the Q790's (Clemenceau's) arrival in February, where it joined other UK and American vessels undergoing remediation and recycling, we have been concentrating on dealing with the removal of asbestos and other materials-at the same time as completing the work on the coffer dam and the draining of the basin to create the dry dock conditions.
Crews worked Friday to remove a temporary coffer dam east of Grants Pass.
We considered a coffer dam, but it was determined that would require too much time," said Williamson.
A coffer dam, or blank, was put in place at the river mouth.