Stephen Hill, whose family owns the Bowersock Mills and Power Co., today said he has not decided whether to press on with his effort to get more water flowing over the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence.
On Friday, the state Division of Water Resources said an examination of Kansas River water flows indicated that only 31 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water was available to increase the flow over the dam.
Bowersock, which generates electricity at the dam, had asked for a flow increase to 2,000 cfs or a restoration of the normal flow for this time of year, whichever was less. The water flow at the dam had been running in the 1,000 cfs to 1,100 cfs range, Hill said.
Hill said a decision to formally ask for the additional water available could come early next week. He is basing his action on Bowersock's vested water rights, which date to the 1870s and pre-date the state's 1945 law governing water rights. The vested right can take precedence over water rights of other entities using water in the river.