Water Office encouraged by number, effectiveness of area streambank stabilization projects

The Kansas Water Office is pleased with the local progress of certain streambank stabilization measures along the Cottonwood River.

The so-called "non-point source" measures are designed to reduce erosion.

Spokesperson Susan Metzger is optimistic about the result down the road -- or down the river at John Redmond Reservoir.

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There are more than 100 so-called "hot spots," or priority locations, along the Cottonwood and Neosho rivers above John Redmond. The current phase of work will address 40 of those at the top of the list, with some 42,000 tons of sediment reduction with 30 individual projects. Completion of the current second phase of work will include projects just upstream from Emporia.

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Metzger says these projects are related to a separate discussion on the future of the Cottonwood gaining attention recently. Earlier this year, the Water Office began soliciting more input on whether residents wanted another large retention dam along the river. That discussion will also continue next year.

On top of that, work should begin next year on dredging John Redmond as part of an effort to add 17,000 acre-feet of storage capacity to the lake.

For more information, call the Water Office at 785-296-3185 or go online to www.kwo.org.

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