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Sound Off: Yankee Tank dam

Was public money (city or country) used to rebuild Yankee Tank dam? If it was, can the public fish, camp and picnic on that lake?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: The reconstruction work on the Yankee Tank dam was accomplished with funding sources from the federal government, the watershed district, Douglas County, Kansas Department of Transportation, the adjacent private property owners and the city. The total cost was $1.5 million. The city commission approved $75,000 for the project from stormwater utility funds because the lake and dam serve as regional stormwater detention for this part of the city. There is no public access to the lake.


repaste 5 years, 2 months ago

So there. $1.43 million in our tax dollars for how many houses? That is Kansas welfare.

Keith 5 years, 2 months ago

There they are, the 47%, the takers.

Joe Blackford II 5 years, 2 months ago

"no public access to the lake."

Yes, KS is #1, with the Least Per Capita Public Lands in the Nation (50th, if you look at how it is reported.

I have a family member who works the Federal side (CoE, EPA, USFWS) on new permits for "private dams" & stormwater runoff mitigation @ new developments in KS. The Kansas side (KDOT & KDWPT) has NO desire to add anything to the lands managed by the state. That's how you control work load when your agency has been under the knife forever.

Yes, Rhode Island has more public lands per person . . . . . and Kansas has held the title on 50th for a Looooong time. Don't wait until Clinton Lake looks like Tuttle, come over & see what the future of Kansas Public Lands & Recreation has in store for your quality of life.

Tradways 5 years, 2 months ago

Since the lake is not public, then those few houses that rec'd government welfare needs to sign an agreement to never speak badly of those that receive traditional welfare. You know the ones they say that just sit around using drugs all day on their dime.

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