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Weekly News - Sept. 9, 2019

09/09/2019 - Weekly KRWA E-News

Adjusted Releases Approved for Kansas River Basin Reservoirs
There are currently more than two million acre-feet of stored flood waters within Kansas River Basin reservoirs - most notably Milford, Tuttle Creek, Perry, and Clinton. To evacuate flood storage prior to this winter's freeze, the U.S. Army Corps of engineers last week authorized a deviation from the operating manual for cumulative releases from those reservoirs. At current lake levels, the Corps would normally be allowed to evacuate flood storage from Kansas Basin reservoirs only when the Missouri River Gage, at Waverly, Missouri, drops below 90,000 c.f.s. The deviation increases that target to 140,000 c.f.s. Flooding on the Missouri has resulted in additional flood control storage being held in Kansas Basin reservoirs to alleviate downstream flooding. Record setting rainfall hasn't stopped, with many localities again set rainfall records in the month of August. Missouri River stages have been too high, with the Waverly Gage remaining above 90,000 c.f.s. since March, preventing opportunities for more significant releases from Milford, Tuttle Creek, Perry, and Clinton. With the deviation, the Corps believes it may take 2 to 3 months to evacuate flood storage from those reservoirs, based on current conditions. [source]

 

Clinton Lake Level Remains Extraordinarily High; Water Releases Increased 
The flooded and damaged Bloomington Beach showerhouse at Clinton Lake is pictured in this photo posted Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, by the Clinton Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The Corps increased releases from Clinton Lake last Tuesday. It has been a roller-coaster summer at Clinton, where the water level surpassed the record high set 24 years ago. Prior to Tuesday, the lake remained 19.5 feet above its normal pool, only 2 feet below the record high set in July. Corp employees reported Tuesday they had been given the green-light to begin releasing water at 3,000 c.f.s. At that rate, the lake level is expected to drop approximately 6 inches per day. Since Clinton holds the highest amount of flood storage in the Kansas Basin, it has been given priority to release water. As the water recedes at Clinton, park employees are also getting a glimpse of some of the property damage caused by the high water, said Samantha Jones, park manager with the Corps. While it’s too soon for an exact damage estimate, Jones said Clinton was likely looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. [source

 

Corps Holds Public Meetings for Tuttle Creek Lake Master Plan
Two public meetings were held last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to present a new draft Master Plan for Tuttle Creek Lake with an Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that are available for public review and comment. The Sept. 5 meetings were announced in a press release, dated Sept. 3. The Master Plan is similar to a zoning document, a strategic land-use management plan that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project. It does not alter the water control manual, which dictates how water is stored and released from the reservoir. Tuttle's current Master Plan was completed in 1984. Since that time, recreational use patterns and populations of surrounding towns have changed. The regulations guiding master plans have also changed. The Corps is soliciting public comments on the draft Master Plan, Environmental Assessment and FONSI during a 30-day review period that opened Aug. 22, and is currently scheduled to close Sept. 21. [source

 

Kansas Water Office Launches Annual Photo Contest
The Kansas Water Office (KWO) is accepting water photos to be featured at the 2019 Governor's Water Conference in November. Eligible photos must pertain to water or water use in Kansas. Examples include all bodies of water, irrigation, agriculture, recreation and fun, or other water infrastructure. Selected entries will be displayed at the 2019 Governor's Water Conference, Nov. 7-8, 2019 in Wichita. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo. The winning photo will earn feature photo at the 2019 Governor's Water Conference. It will also, along with second and third place, be displayed in the Kansas State Capitol and KWO during the year. Entries must be submitted to KWO by Oct. 11. [source

 

Kansas First Responders Head to Florida for Hurricane Response
Kansas Search and Rescue LogoKansas Task Force 1 has sent a team of 42 first responders from multiple agencies across the state to assist with rescue efforts following Hurricane Dorian. The team left last Monday and expected to be there for 14 days. "We're going to a staging area at Camp Blanding, which is a National Guard base in Northeast Florida, and then we'll take further guidance from the state of Florida and from FEMA when we arrive there,” said Dirk Christian, chief of the Emergency Response Division for the Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office. After the storm turned north towards the Carolinas the team was requested to deploy to North Carolina. The team left Lake City, Florida Thursday morning and headed to Raleigh, North Carolina. The team is prepared to search for and transport any people or animals stranded by rising storm surge and floodwaters, as well as perform basic life support and medical care, according to Jill Bronaugh, the PIO for the State Fire Marshal. Among the responders are groups from the Dover Volunteer Fire Department and the Manhattan Fire Department. [source

 

What If We Belched Less CO2 Into The Atmosphere By Stashing It Under Kansas? 
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s CarbonSAFE program, researchers from the Kansas Geological Survey, environmental policy groups, lawyers and oil and gas companies have spent the last three years investigating the feasibility of carbon capture and storage in Kansas. A potential program that was deemed to be economically tempting was the capture of CO2 from a network of ethanol plants across the Midwest. Kansas is right in the middle of that equation. Any major pipeline project would have to run through the state — allowing both producers and consumers of CO2 to easily connect. CO2 could then be compressed into a liquid. It could then be piped to southwestern Kansas where it would be pumped deep into the ground. In some cases, it would be put into what’s known as a saline aquifer — essentially a natural underground storage tank. In other cases, it could be used for something called enhanced oil recovery. [source

 

KRWA Training Calendar
   
September 11: Colby
Competent Person for Trenching and Excavation

 

September 12: Colby
Confined Space Training 

 

September 17-19: Enterprise 
Cross Connection - Backflow Prevention

 

September 27: McPherson
Water and Wastewater Workshop

 

October 1: Independence
Pipe Fusion Workshop

 

October 2: Gardner
Competent Person for Trenching and Excavation 

 

October 3: Gardner
Confined Space Training 


Drought Monitor
Improving conditions were noted last week in south-central Kansas on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. Rainfall totals of 1.0 to 2.5 inches fell across the eastern half of those areas previously depicted as experiencing abnormally dry (D0) and moderate drought (D1) conditions, greatly reducing their coverage. Slight improvements were also noted to our south in Oklahoma and in the Texas panhandle, but conditions deteriorated in southern Texas. Dry conditions also appear to be intensifying in Colorado.

Southern Plains detail from the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Sept. 5, 2019.

Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central RegionSouthern Plains Region and State of Kansas

 

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