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Water releases to increase from Perry, Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes

August 31, 2011

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Water releases from Perry, Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes will be increased, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.

The Corps said the increased releases shouldn’t have a significant effect on Missouri River flooding, which has been on the decline.

Perry is 6.8 feet higher than the normal pool, Milford, 13.8 feet, and Tuttle Creek, 17.25 feet.

The Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start releasing 200 cubic feet per second from Perry, 1,500 cfs from Milford, and 1,000 cfs from Tuttle Creek. The release should slow pool rises at the lakes and could even lower them if conditions are dry, the district said.

The Kansas City district said the Missouri River stages will continue to decline even with the additional water from the lakes.

Comments

blindrabbit 3 years, 3 months ago

Drove across the Kaw bridge at Lecompton yesterday, sandbars on the west side were particularly evident. Releases from all three reservoirs will help increase flow. By-the-way, why are they called lakes, all are reservoirs, unfortunately Kansas does not have any "real or natural" lakes of significance.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 3 months ago

Whatever you want to call it, I rode my bike up to Clinton this morning. I saw all sorts of wildlife. The lake as a wonderful backdrop to the rising sun. What a wonderful way to start a day.

devobrun 3 years, 3 months ago

The Corp of Engineers live a life of ridicule, and criticism. It is endless that they move too much water, not enough. Everybody is an expert.....and no body, including the corps is an expert.

When they guess wrong, they get hammered. When they guess right, nobody hears a peep. Thank you , Corps of Engineers for maintaining water at levels that make our lives better, and our views beautiful as well.

riverdrifter 3 years, 3 months ago

Agreed, devo, good post, but you're wrong on one count: politicians are surface water hydrologists. Just ask them. BTW, these release rates are miniscule. As the Missouri falls, they'll be stepped up.

Bleufer 3 years, 3 months ago

True Kansas doesn't have any kettle lakes but what about oxbox lakes, like the one by Midland junction?

blindrabbit 3 years, 3 months ago

Bleufer: Agree about oxbows, not really significant though. One of the best around is Lakeview Oxbow Lake, just north of the Farmers Turnpike.

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