Kansas hydroelectric plant operator seeks improved river management

June 11, 2019 - 6:17 pm

A hydroelectric power plant operator is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to better manage reservoirs along the Kansas River as the region sees flooding and high water levels.

Bowersock Mills & Power Company President Sarah Hill-Nelson says the turbines at her family's hydroelectric power plant have sat dormant since mid-May due to the river's high water levels. Hill-Nelson and the Kansas Water Office's acting director, Earl Lewis, shared their concerns about river flow management with U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins on Friday.

Hill-Nelson says the Corps could improve the release of water from reservoirs and protect those along the Kansas River corridor. Lewis says the Corps of Engineers' rules are outdated and risk averse.

They both want the agency to update its flood-response rules.

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