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40 years ago: New Clinton Reservoir to spawn smaller lakes

July 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 29, 1973:

  • Still two years from completion, the Clinton Reservoir was already responsible for the creation of smaller lakes, or "little gems" as State Sen. Arden Booth called them. Upstream of the dam construction, a network of smaller dams was being laid out on tributaries of the Wakarusa River to aid in flood control and preserve Clinton as a clean and healthy lake. The "little gems" expected to spread out behind these additional dams were the work of the Wakarusa Watershed Joint District 35 and were being funded with local and federal money. In all, 33 structures, 31 lakes, and two floodways were planned for the upper and lower sections of the watershed district.
  • City workers this week were laying out a quantity of green artificial surfacing near the intersections of Iowa Street with 15th and 19th streets. The Astro-Turf-looking material was part of the final phase of the renovation of the two intersections and was to be installed on the traffic islands as a cheaper and lower-maintenance alternative to real grass.
  • A deer had been sighted at about 5:45 this morning near the intersection of 11th and Tennessee streets. The visitor had "strolled leisurely north on Tennessee, through Central Park, across Sixth and into a wooded area near the Santa Fe railroad tracks," according to a Lawrence police report.

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