Word from the Corps

We spoke with the Corps of Engineers today and it looks like we won’t have a window to work on the dam until mid-January or more likely February.  The Corps keeps water in the reservoirs for waterfowl season until the lakes start to freeze, at which point they drop the levels to try to minimize freezing damage to docks, marinas, etc.  Between the natural flows and reservoir management it doesn’t look like we’ll get our window for work any time soon.  Both the City of Lawrence and Bowersock have planned repairs that require the river CFS to be around 2,000.  Doing dam repairs and replacing missing doors in February could be a pretty brutal task, but if we don’t do it before the rains start in March it is likely we wouldn’t be able to get out on the dam again until next August.