Archive for Friday, September 30, 2011

Colorado reservoir closing on Sunday; water heading to Kansas, Nebraska

September 30, 2011


— Bonny Lake State Park is closing Sunday and sending almost all of its water to Kansas and Nebraska.

Colorado officials began draining the reservoir on Sept. 22, sending the water to the other two states to comply with the Republican River Compact.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are removing fish from Bonny Lake as it drains over the next two months.

Biologists plan to trap as many fish as possible and relocate sport fish to other public fishing waters.


Starlight 2 years, 6 months ago

The best water I have ever drunk is the pure fossil water in the vast Ogallala reservoir under western Kansas.

It's a trip to see the locals come out to see water flowing in the Arkansas. Gets serious when people try to canoe down it forgetting ranchers have been stringing barbed wire fences across the dry river bed for years.


kernal 2 years, 6 months ago

"I drank from the tap, not bad you should try it." Glad to hear it's good where you live, kansasfaithful. What comes out of my tap smells fusty, tastes terrible and has things floating in it. Yet, it still beats the water in some other areas of the country.

With Colorado emptying Bonny Lake, will FEMA being changing the flood maps for the potentially affected areas of KS so those residents can get flood insurance and how soon?


Dan Eyler 2 years, 6 months ago

I drank from the tap, not bad you should try it.


oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 6 months ago

Will the water flow down the Kaw with the sewage from Topeka? What a waste of water when it could be diverted to farm fields in Western Kansas.

Water , water , everywhere and not a drop worth drinking.


senegal66025 2 years, 6 months ago

I thought that there was an idea that Colorado was stealing water that should have gone to Kansas. Does this have anything to do with that?


Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

clipped from:

You wouldn't know it from today's appearance, but the Republican River used to have an untamed reputation. A flood similar to the magnitude of the 1935 event was said to have also occurred in 1826. In addition, floods of magnitude which threatened life and property were reported in 1885, 1903, 1905, 1915, and 1947. On May 26, 1885, 9 people were killed from the towns of Cambridge, Richmond Canyon, and Arapahoe; victims are buried in Cambridge with a monument. On June 23, 1947, 13 were killed in Cambridge and Orleans. Total damage was estimated at $15 million, largely because 7.5 inches of rain fell in the Medicine Creek watershed. When this flow mixed with the already-swollen Republican flow, it caused it to rise to a record stage in Orleans: 23 feet, 14 feet over flood stage.

Due to the fact that deaths occurred in three states and that reporting back in 1935 was not very efficient, the number of deaths attributed to flooding differs. An accurate estimate would be 113 killed - most reports just say "over one-hundred" dead. A reported 11,400 head of cattle and 41,500 were killed by the high water, and one report stated that carcasses littered roads as to make them impassable. In total, 341 miles of highway and 307 bridges were destroyed, and 74,500 acres of farmland were inundated. The damage estimate of $26 million is almost certainly low - personal losses, bridges, agricultural, and railroad losses were all incredibly heavy. $26 million is equivalent to nearly $800 million in 1997 dollars.

And now, Colorado is going to remove the protection that the Federal government supplied to protect the citizens of Kansas and Nebraska from disastrous flooding. It's difficult for me to imagine that Colorado would have any excuse to not pay for all the damages to the citizens of Kansas and Nebraska after removing our only protection from flooding.

But, it is certainly possible that Colorado will be ever ready to close the flood gates of Bonny Dam with only two or three hour's notice.

$ 1 billion dollars = $198.84 per citizen of Colorado. Of course, since there has been so much development since then, that estimate is very, very low.

No one downstream of Bonny Dam is very happy about it being drained and thus leaving us without the protection that the US government gave us in 1951.


autie 2 years, 6 months ago

It will revert to nature...and naturally dry up and soak into the river bed and "run" underground just as the Arkansas does. Dams were a good idea at the time. Then damn it we found that the natural riparian was a better deal in the long run. I could go on a rant about how screwed up the Neosho and Verdigris basins are due to dams and extended releases and channelization...destroyed the river I knew as a kid. Flood control? Makes them worse.


Steve Bunch 2 years, 6 months ago

Is the governor standing in the river attempting to push the water back into Colorado? And if not, why not?


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