State agencies create a win-win situation in Kansas

Published online: Sep 09, 2007 News
Viewed 130 time(s)

The 10-year contract allows use of water for agricultural irrigation when the lake level is above a prescribed minimum level, but prohibits irrigation withdrawals once the lake's surface falls below that level.
The minimum mean sea level elevation of the lake's surface prescribed in the contract is 2,288.5 feet. Once the lake is reduced to that level, no water releases will be allowed.
"Basically, it protects about 8 to 10 vertical feet of water from withdrawal, so that the fisheries and access to the lake continue to be viable and serve the lake's recreational users," said Steve Price, KDWP's Region 1 fisheries supervisor, in a statement.
Sebelius' water levels have experienced substantial fluctuation since the lake was built in 1964.
In addition to the fishing and boating recreation it provides, the lake is home to Prairie Dog State Park and Norton Wildlife Area, which are operated by KDWP under licenses from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Maintaining some water in the lake will help its fish populations survive, and ensure that boat ramps and other access points to the lake remain useable.
"This agreement illustrates that irrigation interests and public recreation interests can work together to maintain a healthy lake," said Doug Sebelius, a Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission member from Norton, in a statement.

You May Also Be Interested In...

March 19, 2015

Carefree Boat Club adds location in Georgia

Carefree Boat Club has just opened a brand new location, adding to its ever-growing lineup.
March 17, 2015

World's fastest pontoon boat gets even faster

When you think of fast boats, a pontoon is probably pretty low on your list, just ahead of houseboats and tugboats. Brad Rowland begs to differ.
March 05, 2015

West Marine begins "Do It Yourselfie!" promotion

Show off your selfie fixing up your boat and West Marine could lend you a hand.
March 04, 2015

Pontoon Brands United

Premier Marine announced today the company will transfer the production of its Weeres and Palm Beach brands to its headquarters in Wyoming, Minn.
March 02, 2015

West Marine's New Product Review Day set for March 20

West Marine has announced the date for this year's iteration of their New Product Review Day.
February 19, 2015

Honda Marine and Coach Pontoons Are Now Partners

The PDB team has exciting news! While we were at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, Honda Marine announced their new exclusive OEM agreement with Coach Pontoons!
Follow us on Facebook!  Follow us on Instagram!  Follow us on Twitter!  Follow us on YouTube!