A hydroelectric energy plant operator is looking on the Army Corps of Engineers to higher handle reservoirs alongside the Kansas River because the region sees flooding and excessive water ranges. Sarah Hill-Nelson, president of Bowersock Mills & Power Company, advised the Lawrence Journal-World that the generators at her family’s hydroelectric energy plant have sat dormant since mid-May as a result of river’s excessive water ranges. Hill-Nelson and the Kansas Water Office’s appearing director, Earl Lewis, shared their considerations about river movement administration with U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins on Friday.
Hill-Nelson mentioned the Army Corps of Engineers might enhance the discharge of water from reservoirs and defend these alongside the Kansas River corridor. Lewis added that the Corps of Engineers’ guidelines are outdated and danger averse. They each need the company to replace its flood-response guidelines. “Having this a lot of water goes to problem us on each side of water administration,” Lewis stated. “However I believe as we’re speaking right here right this moment, the issues we can control are the reservoirs and the way they’re operated.”
Lewis advised discovering methods to launch the water from reservoirs earlier or maintain water longer, relying on the case. He stated the Corps’ guidelines do not essentially permit for such flexibility. James Lowe, the national company’s spokesman, stated the water must be managed as a system that accounts for 50 levees alongside the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis.
He mentioned holding water within the Kansas River reservoirs this spring helped shield these areas alongside the Missouri River. “Extra of these levees would have overtopped and breached had we been releasing throughout that point,” Lowe mentioned.