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    Public input to end June 26 on virtual public meetings of Council Grove, El Dorado, Elk City and Marion Reservoirs master plan revision



    Story by Stacey Reese 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District

    TULSA — Tulsa District, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hosting an online review to provide information and receive public input to begin the process of revising the Master Plan for Council Grove, El Dorado, Elk City, & Marion Reservoirs. Normally, USACE would conduct a face-to-face public workshop to announce the start of the revision and to request comments from the public. However, precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a face-to-face workshop. Please watch the following video presentations or download the PDF copy to read the presentation. The PDF copy and video presentation provide the same information.

    Via the online format, the public may view maps, ask questions and provide comments about the revision.

    Comment forms and all the information mentioned above are available for download on the Tulsa District website at:
    What is a Master Plan?
    The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project. Revision of the Master Plan will not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply or flood risk management missions of the project.
    What a Master Plan is not.
    The Master Plan does not entail facility designs, daily project administration details or any technical discussion regarding flood risk management, water quality, water supply, shoreline management, water level management, hydropower or navigation. Many of these topics are covered in the many other Operational Plans each lake develops separately from the master plan.
    Why Revise a Master Plan?
    Most Master Plans at Tulsa District lakes are the original document from when the lake was built. Over the span of 40+ years, many changes have taken place including major utility and highway construction, urbanization, and evolving recreational uses. The Plan and the land classifications are in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management and protection of sensitive wildlife habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

    Questions pertaining to the proposed revision can be addressed to:
    Jeff Knack



    Date Taken: 06.22.2020
    Date Posted: 06.22.2020 12:53
    Story ID: 372577
    Location: EL DORADO, KS, US 

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