Archive for Saturday, November 10, 2012

Letter: Water move

November 10, 2012


To the editor:

The Wednesday Nov. 7 editorial complained about the Corps of Engineers releasing 9 million gallons of stored water to fill the “mill pond” so that the new power plant could generate green electricity. This activity is analogous to a gas company filling a newly constructed pipeline with gas so that when its customers turn on their appliances there is gas to burn.

The 9 million gallons will not generate any electricity, it will simply fill the pond to the level required by the new plant to produce electricity from the current or future river flows. It will, however, also raise the river level at the water plant intakes, thus ensuring adequate water for Lawrence residents to drink, water their lawns, and keep the golf courses green.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

Dougcounty, how dare you try to present facts that might upset somebody's well concieved conspiracy theory! shae on you!


Ralph Gage 1 year, 5 months ago

I believe the actual number in the editorial was not 9 million, but 900 million, gallons.


Joe Hyde 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, it's green electricity being generated by a new hydro-electric plant built on a privately-owned river dam whose maintenance and major repairs have for years been largely paid for by public tax money. A new hydro-electric plant that transmits its power output to the Kansas City, KS Board of Public Utilities...not to the people of Lawrence.

Oh, and I'm sure this hydro-electric plant will qualify for the "small business owner" tax exemption recently passed by Republican conservatives in the Kansas legislature.

So the Corps releases into the Kansas River millions of gallons of publicly-owned water from already low federal lakes in order to prep a new power plant for years of cash cow duty that financially benefits one Lawrence family. Anyone who looks at this particular "long-standing water rights" arrangement without feeling a certain amount of resentment just isn't paying attention.


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