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Posted 5/11/2016

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By Brannen Parrish


Though John Redmond Reservoir near Burlington, Kansas was originally constructed for the purpose of flood control, the lake is a valuable water storage point for the State of Kansas.

Thousands of feet of steel pipe will transport sediment into confined disposal facilities where the sediment will remain while water is drained by separate pipes into the Neosho River below the lake.

More than 76 percent, of the reservoir is dedicated to water supply storage for the Kansas Water Office, which oversees the Sunflower State’s water usage for its municipal and industrial customers.

Over time, inflows from the Neosho River, runoff, and natural biological processes in the lake caused sediment to build up. The Kansas Water Office estimates more than 30,000 acre feet of storage has been covered with sediment in the 52 years since the lake began operating.

To recover storage for its water, the Kansas Water Office will begin dredging at John Redmond, May 17.

The Kansas Water Office anticipates dredging activity at John Redmond will continue through the end of December 2016 and will remove some 3 million cubic yards of sediment.

Construction of John Redmond Lake began in June 1959. The project was completed for full flood control operation in September 1964. Its missions include: Flood control, water supply, water quality control, recreation and other wildlife objectives.