KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR TO UNDERGO PERIODIC DAM INSPECTION
Sept. 8, 2011
Lake level being reduced to below conservation pool
MARQUETTE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Reservoir has scheduled a periodic inspection of Kanopolis Dam for Sept. 27-30. Conducted every five years, the periodic inspection provides multi-disciplined teams a routine opportunity to conduct a detailed assessment of the embankment, control tower, outlet works, and associated structures.
To prepare for the inspection, the lake level is being reduced to below conservation pool. A gradual drawdown of the lake began on Aug. 26, and it is expected that the lake will be near elevation 1462.50 feet mean sea level during the inspection.
Pumping and cleaning of the Kanopolis stilling basin is also a component of the inspection. Corps of Engineers staff will assist Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff with a basin fish salvage during the morning of Sept. 26. Nongame fish will be made available to the public while game fish species will be returned to the lake or other public waters.
It is anticipated that the Outlet Area of Kanopolis Reservoir will be closed to the public throughout the inspection. All other recreation areas will remain open. Questions regarding the periodic inspection should be directed to the Kanopolis Project Office at 785-546-2294.