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  • USACE Rathbun Lake seeks public comment on draft Master Plan: public meeting scheduled for Nov. 15

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or USACE, Kansas City District, has prepared a draft Master Plan for Rathbun Lake with an Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact – known as a FONSI - that are available for public review. USACE is soliciting public comments on the draft Master Plan, Environmental Assessment and FONSI during a 60-day review period that opens Oct. 11, 2022, and will close Dec. 10, 2022. A public meeting will be held on Nov. 15, 2022, from 3-6 p.m. at the Rathbun Regional Water Association Water Treatment Plant, 16166 Highway J29, Centerville, IA.
  • USACE Kansas City District announces likely cancellation of fall water release from Rathbun Lake

    Unless conditions improve by the end of the first week of October, the fall water release previously announced by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be cancelled. In July USACE announced tentative plans to perform the fall water release at Rathbun Lake. Currently conditions do not favor the water release as the pool elevation is near the multipurpose level of 904.0 feet.
  • USACE announces planned fall release from Rathbun Lake on Chariton watershed

    The public is invited to comment on the Rathbun Lake fall release as permitted in the revised 2016 Rathbun Lake Water Control Manual. The fall release will occur likely between the last week of September through early October 2022. The release of water will not exceed 2,700 cubic feet per second from Rathbun Reservoir and would be on-going for no longer than three or four days, excluding the ramp up and ramp down.
  • Rathbun Lake 2021 fall water release likely to be cancelled

    At present, Rathbun pool elevation is about half a foot above multipurpose 904.0 feet. Current conditions at Rathbun Lake appear to be unfavorable for the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers to conduct a fall water release in either late September or early October 2021.
  • Officials invite public comment on Rathbun Lake fall releases

    In 2016 in response to stakeholder input, the Corps of Engineers revised its operating guidance for Rathbun Lake. The new guidance allows for an annual opportunity, every autumn, for the lake to schedule a release of water to benefit state and privately managed conservation and recreational areas downstream in the Chariton watershed.
  • Kansas City District waiving collection of day use fees for October & November

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, announced today that it will waive the collection of fees at its day use recreation areas for the months of October and November. Fee collections were suspended earlier this year at boat ramps and swimming beaches when recreation areas were closed due to COVID-19 precautions. USACE plans to resume its day use fees in the spring of 2021.
  • Fall releases from Rathbun Lake unlikely this season

    CENTERVILLE, IA - Present conditions at Rathbun Lake appear to be unfavorable for the U.S. Army of Corps Engineers to conduct a fall water release this year as the pool elevation is currently below the multipurpose level, 904.0 feet. To provide a fall release for the benefit of state and privately managed conservation and recreational areas in the Chariton watershed downstream of Rathbun Lake, the pool elevation needs to be at 905.6 feet or above to have adequate water storage to conduct the fall water release. In addition, the weather forecast for the next 7 days shows little to no precipitation which contributes to the low probability for a fall water release. 
  • Public invited to comment on planned autumn releases from Rathbun Lake

    In 2016 in response to stakeholder input, the Corps of Engineers revised its operating guidance for Rathbun Lake. The new guidance allows for an annual opportunity, every autumn, for the lake to schedule a release of water to benefit state and privately managed conservation and recreational areas downstream in the Chariton watershed. This release of water will not exceed 2,700 cubic feet per second from Rathbun Dam and would be sustained for no longer than 3 or 4 days, excluding ramp up and ramp down.
  • Dam Safety Day recognized in Kansas City District

    Living with dams is a shared responsibility and requires constant assessment, continuous communication and engagement with local public and emergency management agencies. The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operates and manages 18 dams in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. Flood control serves as the primary purpose of these dams. Corps reservoirs provide many other benefits including recreation activities.
  • Corps’ Kansas City District campsite and shelter reservation closures extended through 1 June

    Due to the ongoing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District has extended its recreation area closures through June 1, 2020.