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40 years ago: Federal funding approved for Clinton reservoir, flood prevention

January 24, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 24, 1972:

President Nixon's budget, announced today, included $8.5 million for construction at Clinton Reservoir and $1,321,000 for Lawrence flood protection projects. The Clinton appropriation was $1.5 million short of the amount requested by Lawrence officials during 1971 budget hearings but was still regarded as encouraging. The entire project, including a 6,500-acre lake, dam embankment, spillway, and outlet works, were expected to be completed by mid-1976. A north access road from U.S. 40 was also planned. The flood-protection project was to consist of a North Lawrence levee, south Lawrence levee, and Mud Creek channel and levee.

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Sarah St. John 2 years, 2 months ago

That was before my time (my Lawrence time, anyway). Tell me more! You didn't feel comfortable with what? The fact that the little lake got flooded to make Clinton? I have often wondered what it was like out there before the Corps did their thing.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 2 months ago

When Clinton Reservoir was filled, it was the end of Brown's Lake. I was there one time, and I didn't feel comfortable at all.

I'm surely not the only one that remembers it!

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