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Archive for Monday, July 30, 2012

Statehouse Live: Navigation-related water releases from Perry, Tuttle Creek, Milford will stop next week, officials say

July 30, 2012

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— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that next week it will stop water releases for downstream navigation purposes from Perry, Tuttle Creek and Milford lakes.

“I am pleased the Corps recognizes our critical need to preserve this water here at home where our farmers, ranchers and municipalities must use this critical resource to battle the drought,” said. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback also said that the Corps had pledged not to release water in October.

Officials at the Corps' Kansas City office said the decision was made last week to stop releases from the three Kansas reservoirs in the Aug. 7-8 timeframe. The releases were being made to support navigation needs on the Missouri River.

The Corps officials in Kansas City said they didn't know about a pledge to not release waters in October and forwarded inquires on that issue to the agency's Missouri River Water Management Division in Omaha, Neb. A call to that office was not immediately returned.

Last week, Roberts and Brownback had brought together state, local and federal officials last week to talk about the effects of the drought.

Comments

Mark Kostner 1 year, 8 months ago

So just how many barges are floating on the river these days? Any? I read one article where there were no barges north of Kansas City and two a day below. Are the two still going? This is the same agency that gave us a spectacular man made flood that last months last year. Flood control was one the main reasons for damming rivers. A natural flood would have only lasted days. The Corps is a great example of the government at work!

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hujiko 1 year, 8 months ago

Water, water, everywhere, Nor a Corps to think.

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, to begin, with we have a treaties with Canada, that limits the amount of water that we can flow from lake Michigan, one of the three great lakes, into the Illinois River, that feeds into the Mississippi River . Happiness is !

All of our 4reservoirs that support Lawrence, are nothing.....really... nothing... combined,.... that approaches the volume of water impounded in the three Great Lakes !

The point of those treaties is to keep the St. Lawrence See Way open, with plenty of water, which is another shipping highway that is important......... and water use regulated .

But these are incredibly tough times, not only for Kansans but also for the world who needs food shipments from us, that gets more expensive by rail or truck, as barges have bigger volume of capacity, at lower costs..

Much of the world spends 66% of their incomes on food alone ! Shipping goes to that cost !

How much water could the Corps. get thru the Chicago Sanitary Canal ( built to keep Chicagos' sewage away from their water intakes in Lake Michigan & send their sewage outflows into the Illinois & onto the Mississippi River ) if the Treaties parties agreed to it ?

Too much & you might damage the canal via wash outs ? But i have not heard a peep about the fact that Lake Michigan or the three Great Lakes might be an emergency option to be looked at ( or explained ) if it is limited by more than a Treaties.

Treaties that could be revisited between willing neighbors, the US & Canada, if the are intent on feeding the world ?

I assume that our Kansas Reservoirs are basically damed up ravines, that are V-shaped, if viewed as a generalized cross section, with maybe a creek or river bed flood plain at the bottoms of them ? A foot of water at the top of the V-shape holds allot more volume of water than there would be, per foot, down at the bottom of these reservoirs, near the original flood plane or V-angle .

Normal pool height of water is less than the height of water that they hold when full up at flood overflow heights .

Because they are not swimming pool like, with straight up vertical sides in them, the feet of water height in them, does not relate, in a linear way, to the volume of water held in them .

They are all being slowly but surely silted in with silt that displaces water holding capacity, from up stream areas that drain into them .

I would like to know if the Illinois River could be used to get more water from the Great Lakes into the Mississippi River? Is it Mechanically possible ? Would Canada agree ?

I suppose that i would also like to know if there is a point of lowered water level in our Kansas River Reservoirs, where the water height is bellow the discharge intakes for the dams that are feeding the Kansas River & Lawrence's northern city plant, of two ?

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 8 months ago

The Corps has been put in a no-win public relations situation by the drought and heat wave.

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River and its major tributary streams accounts for some 60% of the nation's total food and fuel transport.

This is a new and altogether different kind of drought, and by ordering these federal lake releases in Kansas the Corps is doing its best to help us all survive.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 8 months ago

Good thing repubs Roberts and Brownback put an end to that foolish nonsense from the Feds.

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