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WATER DISTRICT STUDIES OPTIONS

January 24, 1992

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The leader of the Kansas River Water Assurance District said the organization remains in a "hold posture" on the Bowersock Dam request for more water.

The assurance district board met in Lawrence on Thursday to discuss Bowersock's request. Two weeks ago, Stephen Hill, whose family owns the Bowersock Mills and Power Co., requested a flow increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or a restoration of the normal flow for this time of year, whichever is less. The water flow at the dam had been running in the 1,000 cfs to 1,100 cfs range, Hill said.

However, the state Division of Water Resources announced last Friday that only 31 cfs of water was available to increase the flow over the dam.

Hill has said he may decide whether to formally ask for the additional water early next week.

In the meantime, the assurance district is weighing its options.

"We are going to investigate different actions we can take," said Dick Pelton, assurance district president. He said he was not at liberty to discuss specific options.

The assurance district includes municipalities along the river. Bowersock is not a member of the assurance district.

Pelton did say the district decided to update a 1986 consultant's report that studied the correlation between the river's level and power generation at Bowersock. The update could take from 30 to 60 days to complete, he said.

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