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Stream & Riparian Restoration in the Cottonwood River Basin - Phase 1

The Kansas Water Office has received funding from the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (KWPCRF) to address sedimentation in the Cottonwood-Neosho River Basin. An 9,625 feet reach of the Cottonwood 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.

During the summer of 2012 the Survey and Design work was conducted for this project. The Watershed Institute (TWI) of Kansas conducted the survey and design work. Draft designs will be presented to landowners by the Fall of 2012.

In the Fall of 2013, the Kansas Water Office will issue an Invitation for Bid (IFB) for the construction of the Cottonwood Streambank Stabilization projects Phase 1. The IFB and additional project information will be provided and updated on this website.

For additional information about this project, contact:

Kansas Water Office
Attention: Bobbi Wendt
901 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3185
(Map - Project Locations) pdf graphic

Hot Spot
Site ID
Estimated Bank
Length (Feet)
Estimated Sediment
 Reduction (Tons/Year)
2 340 863
3 740 1800
4 215 2687
5 1255 3124
6 635 1531
7 1265 3108
41 775 1207
42 470 169
44 570 768
45 1065 1601
46 525 1373
47 795 872
48 550 774
49 425 1442
TOTAL 9,625 21,319

Below are construction drawings and specifications for each project site.

Site #2 Site #3 Site #4 Site #5
Specification Notebook Specification Notebook Specification Notebook  
Site #6 Site #7 Site #41 Site #42
Specification Notebook   Specification Notebook Specification Notebook
Site #44 Site #45 Site #46 Site #47
Specification Notebook Specification Notebook
Specification Notebook
Site #48 Site #49    

John Redmond Reservoir and Upper Cottonwood-Neosho Watershed

John Redmond Reservoir was under construction from 1959-1964 for the 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 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and The Watershed Institute (TWI). The 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 erosion 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 the 14 "hotspots" located along the 9,625 feet stretch of the Cottonwood River is estimated to contribute 21,319 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 of 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 Bobbi Wendt, KWO, at (785) 296-3185 or




Public Hearing - November 4, 2013, 10:00 am - Stream & Riparian Restoration on the Cottonwood River Nonpoint Source Project Management Plan Phase 1. City of Emporia, 516 Mechanic Street, Conference Room 1 A & B. - Press Release

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