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WaterOne Completes Kansas River Erosion Project, Portage Open For Paddlers
WaterOne has completed restoration work on the Kansas River channel near its intake facility. Due to favorable conditions, coordination with permitting agencies, and the diligence of the contractor, the project has been completed earlier than expected.
This project was necessary due to ever-changing river conditions. The center river channel was excavated, and the material was used to reinforce the north bank of the river which was experiencing severe erosion. A “bendway weir” was then constructed downstream to divert the river back towards the middle of the natural channel.
The project represented both a forward-looking investment in WaterOne’s infrastructure, and a commitment to protecting the health of natural resources. Efforts were made to mitigate the environmental impact of the project, including use of turbidity screens to prevent the water from becoming excessively muddied during work. A protected “fish-ladder” structure is also incorporated to allow wildlife to move freely.
WaterOne’s weir is private property and access is prohibited, but kayakers and paddle sports enthusiasts may bypass the weir via a short portage on the north bank. The portage is currently open for use as grading is finalized and grass is replanted. WaterOne appreciates the patience of river users while this necessary restoration work was completed.
WaterOne is an independent, non-profit water utility, proudly serving 400,000+ customers in the Johnson County area.