Hermitage, Mo. – An updated Shoreline Management Plan for Pomme de Terre Lake is now available for review and public comments soon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host an Open House to share information and receive public comments on Aug. 24. The Open House will be:
- Wednesday, Aug. 24
- 3 – 6 p.m.
- USACE office
- 23697 County Road 218
- Hermitage, Missouri 65668
The public comment period opens Aug. 10 and closes Sept. 9. Comments will be accepted online or can be mailed to:
23697 County Road 218
Hermitage, MO 65668.
The draft Shoreline Management Plan, dock zones and an online comment form can be found HERE or https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomme-de-Terre-Lake/Shoreline-Management/.
The plan, which is reviewed every five years, establishes policy and furnishes guidelines for the protection and preservation of the desirable environmental characteristics of the shoreline. It includes the permitting process for the public, private dock areas, vegetative management, shoreline zoning designations and maps.
In alignment with applicable federal laws, directives, and policies, the plan is a guide to maintain balance between public and private shoreline use.
Pomme de Terre Lake is located in the rugged, tree covered hills of the west central Missouri Ozarks on the Pomme de Terre River. The Pomme de Terre Project was authorized by Congress in 1938 as part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Missouri River Basin. Project Planning was initiated in 1947 and actual construction began in 1957. The lake was completed in 1961 at a cost of $14,946,784.
At multipurpose pool Pomme de Terre Lake covers 7,820 acres and can expand to as much as 16,100 acres during periods of heavy rain as excess runoff is impounded to prevent downstream flooding. Pomme de Terre Lake works in conjunction with several other Corps of Engineers operated lakes to provide flood protection for the Osage River Basin and the lower Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Other benefits of the lake include recreation, fish and wildlife management and water quality improvement.
The Pomme de Terre Dam is an earth and rockfill embankment, is 7,240 feet long and stands 155 feet above the streambed. The dam's impervious core was made of heavily compacted clay and is virtually watertight. The outlet works, consisting of the control tower, tunnel and stilling basin. The control tower is equipped with two hydraulically operated gates which controlled release of water through the dam and reduces the force of the water flowing downstream.