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Search and recovery divers practice at Potter Lake

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

May 11, 2010

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Divers train in Potter Lake

Divers took some time Monday to train in the murky waters of KU's Potter Lake. The divers performed various tasks including searching for a lost piece of equipment. Enlarge video

Lawrence Sheriff’s officer Deb Porter emerges from Potter Lake Monday.

Lawrence Sheriff’s officer Deb Porter emerges from Potter Lake Monday.

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

Lawrence law enforcement personnel took advantage of Potter Lake on the Kansas University campus for some underwater training on Monday.

Though they weren’t looking for any goalposts Monday morning, divers from Douglas County’s underwater search and recovery team took advantage of an upcoming dredging at Potter Lake as a training opportunity.

A few underwater tasks needed to be accomplished before the lake will be dredged, which could occur as soon as early June.

Scott Campbell, associate director for public education and outreach at Kansas Biological Survey, said divers inspected a drainage pipe, marked some locations with buoys and searched for a piece of scientific equipment that had been dropped in the lake.

The seven-member underwater search and recovery squad — from the Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical — is called upon to recover underwater evidence, bodies or vehicles involved in crimes.

The pre-dredging work provided divers a chance to acquaint themselves with Potter Lake — a site the group had not trained at for about 10 years.

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger, who oversees the squad, said the group tries to train in as many bodies of water as possible to prepare for emergencies.

By the end of the training session, Campbell said, the divers found the equipment they were looking for: a sediment corer used to collect sediment from the lake floor.

“We were certainly very impressed,” he said. “They accomplished everything they set out to do today.”

Comments

Grump 4 years, 7 months ago

About 20 years ago, a well-known local fisherman caught several flat head catfish in the Kaw river and released them in Potter's lake. I wonder if they are still there.

Mark Jakubauskas 4 years, 7 months ago

There were several fish kill events last summer due to low oxygen levels in Potter last summer, so the answer might well be "Probably not...."

gphawk89 4 years, 7 months ago

About 25 years ago, I was thrown in to Potter Lake. I wonder if my shoe and glasses are still there? What a nice "Welcome to KU" that was...

RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

More to the point: How deep is what's in Potter's Lake? Blechhh!!!

Bill Lee 4 years, 7 months ago

I notice that only the Journal-World gets the name of the lake right. It's not possessive!

Eddie Muñoz 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you. I was about to mention something about that myself.

ahyland 4 years, 7 months ago

Hi, folks.

I actually asked the folks out there yesterday how deep the lake was, and they said it was about 13 feet deep at its deepest point, in addition to about three feet of sediment that has collected on the lake bottom.

Andy Hyland KU Reporter

feetup 4 years, 7 months ago

i wonder if they'll find our bong in there? Had to toss it quick before the cops made it down the hill....

phoggyjay 4 years, 7 months ago

Just knock down all those ugly looking flowers, it's not like there was a clear opening on the other side of the lake. Come on people.

md 4 years, 7 months ago

We always called it Potter`s puddle.

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