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Energy and Water Use
Excellent letter. Even more to the point: The Lawrence Energy Center also draws water from the Kaw to the tune of 1.5 billion gallons annually, the Tecumseh power plant near Topeka pulls 992 million gallons from the Kaw, and Jeffrey Energy Center west and north of Topeka draws some 10.7 billion gallons of water from the Kaw watershed. All of these facts plus the fact that the Bowersock Dam also provides a needed pool so that the Lawrence water plant can draw out water for at least half of Lawrence to drink, and that the Lawrence intake will benefit from the raised water levels of the improved dam really makes me wonder if the grumpy editorial was based on sour grapes or just an uniformed writer?
Oops: I meant UNINFORMED writer--no malfeasance was intended toward our men and women in uniform! No malfeasance was meant toward uninformed writers either, for that matter....
Sorry, it was your speculation, not Laurie's. Thanks for the support.
As DC noted and I pointed out in my letter on Sat. the 10th, the water is still there and available for both Lawrence residents and people living downstream. If you have been down to the river in the past week, you will have noticed that the river level above the dam is at least two feet higher. The water was simply moved from one or more upstream lakes down to the mill pond where it makes possible power generation from the current and future river flows. The 9 million gallons will always be there short of a breach in the dam or near complete cession of river flow.
I suspect your speculations about the original editorial are both correct.
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