Reduce cumulative sediment loads entering public water supply impoundments by 10 percent in the Marais des Cygnes River Basin every 10 years to extend the life of existing infrastructure
The Marais des Cygnes Goal Team believes it is necessary to increase support and resources for sedimentation reduction practices as well as new sources of supply and education to meet the future water supply needs in the MDC region for the next 50 years. Education and water quality were the two most common priorities shared by the public throughout the three public meetings.
The Marais des Cygnes RAC has 13 members who represent WRAPS, industry and commerce, conservation and environment, agriculture, water assurance districts, planning and zoning, and the general public. Click here for the full Marais des Cygnes Regional Advisory Committee Membership.
The Marais des Cygnes RAC has three goals to address water supply and education needs throughout the region. Click here to read the full Marais des Cygnes Action Plan.
Melvern Dam is located in Osage County Kansas. The earthen dam was built as a flood control project by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It impounds the Marais des Cygnes River, which is notorious for it's destructive flooding, notably the Great Flood of 1951. The reservoir it creates, Melvern Lake, has a water surface of 10.8 square miles and a maximum capacity of 363,000 acre-feet, and the dam itself is 188 feet high.
Regional Planning area located in southeast and east-central Kansas