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Congressional help sought for rehabilitating Lake Alvamar dam

March 27, 2009


Alvamar Lake could receive funding

Federal dollars could help refill Alvamar Lake in west Lawrence. Enlarge video

Congressional help is being sought to find federal funding to pay for rehabilitating the Lake Alvamar dam in southwestern Lawrence.

Letters will be sent to senators and representatives from Kansas asking for assistance. One possible source for funding is the Federal Dam Rehabilitation Program, said Hope Coger, administrator for Wakarusa Watershed Joint District 35. The program, however, hasn’t been adequately funded in recent years, she said.

Watershed representatives, federal and state officials, and others interested in the lake attended an informational meeting earlier this week at the Watershed District’s office in Overbrook.

The lake was drained by the watershed district in 2007 and has not been refilled because the dam isn’t high enough to meet current safety standards. The cost for rehabilitating the dam is not known but estimates have ranged from $500,000 up to $1 million.

The dam and lake are an important resource for the state because it is in the upper Wakarusa watershed that is a drainage area for Clinton Lake, which supplies water to Lawrence and other entities, said Tom Huntzinger, coordinator for the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy program.


elfth 9 years, 2 months ago

I call bs. Doesn't that stream enter the waki below the dam? Just where does the upper end and the lower begin? And if I'm right, how does that affect the Lawrence water supply? Please correct me if I'm in error.

flux 9 years, 2 months ago


flux 9 years, 2 months ago

Not only is it on a golf course but its on the private side of the golf course.........You and I are not welcome to even stick a toe in it. Its surrounded by million dollar homes. Did I mention it is a freaking pond already!!!

imastinker 9 years, 2 months ago

It's a private lake - let them pay for it!

elfth 9 years, 2 months ago

What makes me think that no one is going to come on and defend this piece of pork? Some things are just too dumb to defend but I would love to see it.

grimpeur 9 years, 2 months ago

Come on, LJW! Who, what, when, where, why.

"Congressional help is being sought"..."Letters will be sent..." What's all this passive voice doing in this story? Sounds like the edit page: "It is hoped," etc.

Who is sending the letters? Names, please!

A prompt update is expected.

flux 9 years, 2 months ago

Dick Stuntz you should be ashamed of yourself.

tonymontana 9 years, 2 months ago

I'd be ashamed if my name was Dick Stuntz.

classclown 9 years, 2 months ago

How many people that have commented or will comment on this article plan to send their own letters or otherwise communicate with Congressional representatives to explain the real situation about this to them.

If you're content to do nothing more than complain in the comments section, don't be surprised when something like this gets the okay.

lounger 9 years, 2 months ago

Um yeah, this is bogus! No private lakes need federal funding. Peeps cant even get a decent sidewalk in east lawrence and they want to fund this dam for the wealthy to have a lake-NO WAY!

Country4me49 9 years, 2 months ago

The dam is below the Clinton Lake and flows to the Wakarusa,river.By being empty it does not have to be updated to prevent flood water from going over Clintonparkway and on to the floodpains below.Updating would not only be costly,but do no good if the drainage on Clinton parkway itself and the newer hiway are not also updated to handle all the drainage created by all the new housing,roads,ect ect.The building goes on and creates more drainage.Should the few get a pork project paid for by the many????

Country4me49 9 years, 2 months ago

The buffalo wallow is funny.This is not a private lake it was built with taxpayer money and is maintained by the Wakarusa Watershed Dist.with tax funds.The Watershed has a board of members that treat issues such as this in the best interest of those taxpayers,and they are also taxpayers.These dams come with rules and regulations that need to be followed.Many times landowners mistakingly think they can make changes and do just what they want to the property.Not true.Thes are not built for multi purpose. They are flood control .This board tries very hard to keep the mil levy as low as possible.There are not enough funds to do the rehab which was caused by all the developers on all 4 sides.Housing and Roads are what changes the classification of a dam.This dam was just redone to code not long ago,but with all the changes surounding the area once again has made it so it is a higher hazzard. The water serves no one but the land owners.Well they also tried to convice the board to let them pipe water up to ponds for thier golf courses,but that did not happen either.When reading the paper just remember there are 2 sides to the story.

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