Topeka A bill representing a step toward development of a large lake in southwest Kansas was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
The measure would establish a Horse Thief Reservoir benefit district with an eight-member board to oversee the construction of a lake west of Jetmore along Horse Thief Canyon, about 30 miles north of Dodge City.
Water for the lake would come from damming a creek in the canyon, and proponents contend the project will control flooding and provide recreational opportunities in the area. The project would include a 450-acre reservoir and a 1,100-acre recreation area.
The House approved the measure two weeks ago.
Horse Thief Reservoir is HB 2582.
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