Switzler Creek Watershed Dam Site #7
Watershed Rehabilitation - Switzler Creek Watershed Dam Site #7
Switzler Creek Watershed Dam Site #7 was authorized in 1953 under the Pilot Watershed Program. Dam construction was completed in 1960. With an original projected project life of 50 years, the dam was nearing its expected lifespan. Rehabilitation of this site was necessary due to the dam not meeting current hydrologic criteria for a high hazard class dam. In addition, components of the dam including the principal spillway showed significant deterioration.
Location: Osage County, 2nd Congressional District
Federal Funding: $325,615
Project Status: Completed December 2011
USDA—Natural Resources Conservation Service
Switzler Creek Watershed Joint District No. 63
Osage County Conservation District
City of Burlingame
Site #7 controls 4.9 square miles of drainage. Approximately 150 people would be at risk from a breach of this dam. This includes people living along Switzler Creek, traveling on Kansas Highway 56, and those people living in the eastern portion of the city of Burlingame, Kansas.
The watershed project is a high hazard class dam which
protects the east part of the city of Burlingame, Kansas
This rehabilitation project extended the life of the dam for an additional 100 years and will provide nearly $50,000 in annual flood damage reduction benefits.
Major floods occurred in 1935, 1945, and 1951. Kansas Highway 56 was often closed on the east side of the city of Burlingame due to flood waters. Dam Site #7 has been protecting the residents of Burlingame and the people who travel and live along Switzler Creek for the past 49 years. On a historical note, “Santa Fe Trail” passed through the southern part of the watershed where Burlingame was one of the more important stops on the Trail.
Dam Site #7 has been protecting the residents of Burlingame
and the people who travel along Switzler Creek for the past 49
years. Rehabilitation of the site is necessary to retain the
benefits that have long been provided to the residents of the area.
The information on this page may also be downloaded (requires Adobe Reader).
Fact Sheet - Reinvesting in Switzler Creek Watershed Dam Site #7, Kansas (PDF; 144 KB)