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Big Caney Watershed Site #18

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Watershed Operations - Big Caney Watershed Site #18

Introduction

Map of Kansas showing location of Big Caney Watershed Dam Site #18

 

 

Site #18 is part of the Big Caney P.L. 566 Watershed Plan that was authorized for construction in 1963. This site had 57 years of remaining project life, however, the downstream slope of the embankment experienced two slope failures since 2006. An estimated 1,500 residents benefited from the repair work on this site.

Project Description

  • Location: Cowley County, 4th Congressional District
  • Federal Funding: $382,524
  • Project Status: Completed September 2010

Partners

  • USDA—Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Big Caney Watershed Joint District #31
  • Chautauqua County Conservation District
  • Cowley County Conservation District
  • Elk County Conservation District
  • Osage County (Oklahoma) Conservation District

Benefits

  • 7 county and/or township roads and bridges
  • 12 miles of stream corridor
  • 2,000 acres of agricultural land
  • 1,500 residents who live in or near watershed
  • 20 farms and ranches

Aerial photo of Big Caney Watershed Dam Site #18
Big Caney Watershed - Dam Site #18 is located in Cowley County, Kansas

Economic Opportunities

Site #18 provides an estimated $25,500 in average annual flood reduction benefits. It provides flood protection of 12 miles of stream corridor with a floodplain which encompasses 20 farms and ranches and approximately 2,000 acres in agricultural land.

Statewide Perspective

Approximately 34,000 people live in or commute through the Big Caney project area.

Photo of downstream slope of the dam on Site 18
The downstream slope of the embankment on Site 18 has
experienced two slope failures since the fall of 2006.

The information on this page may also be downloaded (requires Adobe Reader).

Fact Sheet - Reinvesting in Big Caney Watershed - Site #18, Kansas (PDF; 123 KB)