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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

cheeseburger 2 years, 6 months ago

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

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Nonsense. If Roberts and Brownback had really been on the ball they'd have been knocking on the Corps door 3 months ago -like other states were.

Joe Hyde 2 years, 6 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.

hujiko 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Mark Kostner 2 years, 6 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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