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Should the city rebuild Bowersock Dam?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa on March 4, 2009

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Photo of Toni Kalousek

“I think it should be a joint venture between the owners of Bowersock and the city because it is a landmark.”

Photo of Kelly Pinet

“Yes, in the long run, I think it would be a good investment.”

Photo of Mikki Sale

“Yes… I think it would be a good source of (green) energy … and I like the idea of spending the money for something progressive … rather than one more roundabout.”

Photo of Kenneth Kupfer

“Yes … because any source of green energy that we can get we need to take.”

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Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

Top- bowersock is the sock the runs away when we do laundry.....^

H_Lecter 9 years, 3 months ago

I assume they'll change the city seal to read, "Lawrence, the city that gives a dam."

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

Wonder why LJW asked this at the Merc?? Why not ask at the court house?...... oh that's right, people protest taxes at the court house.... that would be like stacking the deck

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

Break it up & use the pieces to build sidewalks in east Lawrence.

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

and take as many damn before and after pictures that you want, on the damn tour.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

O hai, im In yer boWers, steeLing yr s0cks.

Kat Christian 9 years, 3 months ago

What the heck is wrong with it? Looks like it's working to me. I think we need that money for a lot of other things that need attention in this town - Like Barker street between 15th & 19 - needs repaving. What $8M worth of work needs to be done on this Dam? Dam!!

deskboy04 9 years, 3 months ago

Looks like they have to fix it. I hope that it doesn't cost too much. I'm already paying taxes for a bus system that I don't use. I might at well pay taxes for a dam.

JSDAD 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey Toni, i think the city is the owner. bowersock leases it from them.

HermioneElliott 9 years, 3 months ago

Info on the Bowersock Dam.

Comprised of 7 hydroelectric turbines, the plant is capable of producing 2.35 MW of environmentally friendly energy. This picture is taken from the north side of the plant on the south side of the Kaw (Kansas) River.

The Bowersock Mills & Power Company is the only operating hydroelectric plant in Kansas. In business since 1874, Bowersock currently provides the City of Lawrence with much needed river flow control for the public water intakes. Additionally, the water that passes through the plant produces up to 2.35 Megawatts of renewable non-polluting electrical power – enough to power nearly 1800 homes! Bowersock is proud to be certified as a Low Impact Hydropower Facility.

Working together, the Hills and the City of Lawrence came to an agreement whereby the Darling grant of 1872 would be modified to return six acres of the Bowersock land to the city for construction of a City Hall, and an option on the dam power plant and maintenance shop within 50 years. If City Hall was built on the property, the site would cost just $1.00; if not, the site would cost $25,000.00. In return, the city agreed to maintain the Bowersock dam, and granted a new thirty-year lease on the eastern 8 acres of the levee property. The construction of City Hall, the addition of Bowersock Park (originally named Bosco Park for the Bowersock watchdog) west of the plant and north of City Hall, and the removal of blighted buildings in the neighborhood had positive effects on downtown Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World expanded, the Eldridge Hotel was renovated and the old Bowersock Opera House became the Liberty Hall Theater. Just as the addition of water power at the Mills fueled the industrialization and expansion of Lawrence in the late 1800s, the agreement between the City of Lawrence and the Hill family has sparked the redevelopment of today’s downtown Lawrence.*

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