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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Effect of diagonal drain location on stability of earth dam during rapid drawdown condition:
Three parts of earth dam is modeled in the case of non drain, drain near and drain near upstream crust by Slope/w software and stability analysis is done on them by this software and finally, according to the results the impact of diagonal drain location is discussed on stability number.
Finally this study shows that considering inconstant seismic coefficient in earth dam design is more realistic and rational than considering a constant seismic coefficient.
Martin, "The seismic coefficient in earth dam design," Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Division, vol.
The purpose of this work is to establish character and causes of the main deteriorations and defects of Lithuanian earth dams (due to environmental impact) on the basis of 2002-2009 performed field investigations and to estimate changes of the technical state of dams in comparison with results of field investigation executed in 1997.
In 2002-2009 the earth dams were investigated in 31 region of Lithuania.
The good thing with earth dams is that they provide reliable water supply for long, even during drought, and can solve food security and livestock deaths in the semi-arid areas.
They play a significant role in the improvement of livelihoods.Additionally, and very important, earth dams regulate and moderate the micro-climatic conditions of the immediate surrounding areas through increased humidity and cooling effects.
During increase water level in reservoir exist gravity force caused flowing water in earth dam (core & bulwark) [10].
This dam is earth dam with clay core, height of dam is 127m.
'I am confident the earth dams will provide adequate water for irrigation as well as hygienic trading environment for both buyers and sellers of Miraa' Annie said.