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Kansas Clean Water State Revolving Fund

 

Stream and Riparian Restoration in the Upper Neosho River Basin

The Kansas Water Office has received funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and the state's Reservoir Beneficial use Fund to address sedimentation in the Neosho River basin. An 8.3-mile reach of the Neosho River has been identified as a high priority area for streambank stabilization to reduce sedimentation. Restoration of the riparian buffer adjacent to the stream is also a goal of this project.

In October 2009, the KWO issued an Invitation for Bid (IFB) for the construction of the Neosho Streambank Stabilization projects. The IFB closed on November 30, 2009. Eleven bid proposals were received and all were deemed responsible bidders.

Following is a review of the bid proposals, the lowest responsible bidders for each of the 12 projects and each of the three components of each project (streambank protection, live stake planting, and seeding/mulching) were identified. This process was repeated until the following construction contractor assignments were identified.

For additional information  about this project, contact:

Susan Metzger
Kansas Water Office
901 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
785-296-1007
Susan.Metzger@kwo.ks.gov
(Map - Project Locations)

Hot Spot # Contractor for Streambank Protection Contractor for
Willow Plantings
Contractor for Seeding and Mulching
12 Steadman LLC Criqui Steadman LLC
16 TL Enterprises Criqui Undecided
17 Steadman LLC Criqui Steadman LLC
18 Steadman LLC Criqui Steadman LLC
19 TL Enterprises Criqui Steadman LLC
20 TL Enterprises Criqui Steadman LLC
20A TL Enterprises Criqui Steadman LLC
21 Ebert Ebert Ebert
22 Steadman LLC Criqui Steadman LLC
23 Ebert Ebert Ebert
24 Ebert Ebert Ebert
25 Ebert Ebert Ebert

Below are the construction drawings and specifications for each of the 12 project sites.

Site #12 Site #16 Site #17 Site #18
Site 12 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 16 Plans
Specification Notebook
Revised Plan Drawing
Specification Addendum
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 17 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 18 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site #19 Site #20 Site #20A Site #21
Site 19 Plans
Specification Notebook
Revised Plan Drawing
Specification Addendum
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 20 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Site 20A Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 21 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans

Site #22 Site #23 Site #24 Site #25
Site 22 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 23 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 24 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans
Site 25 Plans
Specification Notebook
As Built Drawings
Final Report
Riparian Planting Plans

The same construction specifications, critical seeding, and willow cutting specifications apply to all sites.

To view photos of the stream and bank conditions before, during and after construction, make your selection below.

Site #12 Site #16 Site #17 Site #18 Site #19 Site #20
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post Construction
Pre-Construction
Post- Construction
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
Post Construction
Site #20A Site #21 Site #22 Site #23 Site #24 Site #25
Pre-Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post Construction
Pre-Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post-Construction
Pre-Construction
During Construction
Post-Construction

Under the ARRA, the selected construction contract must meet the conditions of the:

  • Buy American Act
  • Prevailing Water (Davis-Bacon)
  • Quarterly Reporting

John Redmond Reservoir and Upper Neosho Watershed

John Redmond Reservoir was construction from 1959-1964 for purposes of flood control, water supply, water quality and recreation. The reservoir is located on the Neosho River, and drains 3,000 square miles of mostly grass and cultivated land. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified impairments to ecosystem quality because of excessive sediment  and nutrient loading into the reservoir.

Sediment transport and stability of streambanks were characterized by USGS and The Watershed Institute (TWI). USGS estimates sediment transport to John Redmond Reservoir during an approximately average year of streamflow is 1.12 million tons of sediment. TWI classified the riparian area and assessed the stability of stream channels upstream from John Redmond Reservoir. This study estimated annual erosions rates from surveys at representative channel locations, as well as characterizing "hotspots" of channel erosion based on aerial photography.

Using average streambank erosion rates estimated by TWI, an estimated 162,800 tons of sediment are transported from the 210 miles of the mainstem Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers annually. Streambank erosion from 3.5 miles of “hotspots” (#12-25) located along an 8.3 mile stretch of the Neosho River is estimated to contribute 51,800 tons per year. The Kansas Water Office is planning to implement streambank stabilization efforts in this reach to reduce sediment transport to John Redmond Reservoir.

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Project Management Plan

One of the requirements for obtaining the KWPCRF loan is the preparation and public review of a Nonpoint Source (NPS) Project Management Plan. A draft of the plan is provided here. If you have comments or questions regarding the plan or project, contact Susan Metzger, KWO, at (785) 296-1007 or susan.metzger@kwo.ks.gov.

Monitoring Project Impacts

Through an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kansas Water Office and the U.S. Geological Survey will be monitoring the changes in turbidity of the Neosho River before, during, and after the streambank restoration project is completed.  The purpose of the study is to assess sedimentation, sediment quality, and upstream channel stability, as well as characterize the effect of streambank stabilization on sediment transport.

Real-time turbidity data for this project is available on the USGS website by clicking on the following sites:

Neosho Madtom

During environmental review of these streambank projects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that impacts to the federally-threatened Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus) may occur from project implementation. In accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, the USFWS provided a Biological Opinion (26 January 2010) stating that the proposed.

Project actions—and subsequent cumulative effects—may result in adverse impacts to the species. The USFWS outlined reasonable and prudent measures necessary to minimize impacts to the Neosho madtom that include population and habitat surveys sufficient to estimate density of the species at each project and control site; and document and identify changes in substrate size and location, movement or translocation of substrate, and extent of suitable habitat present. To view the preconstruction Neosho madtom monitoring report, click here.  To view the one-year post construction Neosho madtom monitoring report, click here.

Use of LiDAR to Monitor Project Effectiveness

Short-term and long-term monitoring of the Neosho River will be enhanced with the use of ground-based Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. LiDAR allows for the rapid development of digital elevation models, even in complex terrain and with the presence of vegetation. LiDAR will be used on these streambank stabilization projects to map changes in river morphology, including streambanks and riparian areas. Monitoring will be accomplished after 2, 5, and 10 years to assess the effectiveness of the stabilization efforts. To view photos and images of the LiDAR technology, click here. This will be accomplished through a cooperative agreement between the Kansas Water Office, University of Kansas, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

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Site 17

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Site 17 - Pre-Construction

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Site 17 - During Construction

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Site 18

Neosho River Site 18 Site Map

Photo Site 18 Pre Construction

Site 18 - Pre-Construction

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Site 18 - During Construction

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Site 18 - Completed Construction