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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releasing water from three lakes to aid Missouri River navigation

July 12, 2012


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Perry, Tuttle Creek and Milford lakes.

Water from the multi-purpose pools of the lakes is being released to support navigation on the Missouri River.

The last time this was done was in November 2009, the Corps said.


mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

Hope that they know what they are doing in the long run, because water won't flow up hill from the Missouri River at KC, into the Kansas River to Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, etc., if this becomes an extended multi-year drought event, as we have seen elsewhere lately.

This would have made more sense, to me, if the Corps. had said that they were trying to keep hydroelectric power generation in Lawrence alive & well ( at some level ) or trying to support adequate river depths to keep water utilities water intakes under water or unsilted.

But for Mo. River Barges at a time when agricultural production is noticeably down to send grain out of the country? Hummmmm?

They should definitely consider cutting the flow back to some level of reasonable flow to support Kansas Interests when these pools reach normal multi-purpose pool levels at our Kansas reservoirs.

Can they even release water, once these pools drop below X level of pool height?

As an opinion, one foot of water over the multipurpose pool heights here, doesn't sound like a huge surplus of water to me ( Water which could simply evaporate with the heat, all by itself into clouds ) during a potential period of intense multi-year drought.


Joe Hyde 1 year, 9 months ago

According to the numbers posted on the KC District's 3-day Lake Forecast site (public information available online) MIlford, Tuttle Creek and Perry lakes all three presently have a surplus of water -- each lake standing about one foot above multi-purpose pool.

This modest excess means the Corps does have a bit of wiggle room in terms of contributing water to authorized recipients located downstream outside Kansas.


Steve Jacob 1 year, 9 months ago

The Kansas river is as low as I have ever seen it.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 9 months ago

Should have made them sell KU liscense plates for the water. Lets see how bad they want the water! :)


hujiko 1 year, 9 months ago

This will cause little to no noticeable rise in the Missouri River, and will only exacerbate the situation in Kansas should this drought continue. Great.


mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

This is mindless unless these flood control lakes are seriously overfilled. That is the potential water supply for many cities along the Kansas & the Lower Missouri Rivers if this drought becomes long standing.

Whatever floats your boat?

What are they shipping? Drought created grain?..... Right!

How about, whatever runs your town, that you can drink, runs your shower, washes your clothing & dishes, or.....flushes your toilet.

Am not sure that i trust their judgement?! Isn't this the same organization that overfilled the flood control lakes up north, several years back, that lead to major Missouri River Flooding last year for lack of northern storage space?!


Bill Griffith 1 year, 9 months ago

Releasing our precious water for the phantom barges on the river. Ridiculous.


riverdrifter 1 year, 9 months ago

Pure foolishness in this time of drought.


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