Melvern Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated multi-purpose use reservoir located in Osage County near Melvern, Kansas on the Marais des Cygnes River in the Lower Kansas River Basin. The Flood Control Act of 1954 authorized Melvern reservoir for flood control, water supply, water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife use and has a 349 square mile drainage area. Melvern Lake is part of the Osage River Basin along with Hillsdale Lake, Pomona Lake, Stockton Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake and Harry S. Truman Lake. Together, these lakes function as a system to play a vital role in managing water resources. USACE is authorized to operate Melvern Dam and Lake using the current Water Control Manual that was prepared by the Kansas City District and is dated June 1985.

Congress provided direction and funding in Fiscal Year 2022 for USACE districts across the nation to update Water Control Manuals, or WCMs, to evaluate whether any changes in physical, social and environmental conditions around the dam warrant updating the WCP, include a drought contingency plan and meet new requirements for formatting and updating information.

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Thursday, March 14, 2024 - doors open 4:45 p.m., meeting is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Melvern Community Center, 102 N. Main Street, Melvern, KS 66510 - meeting location is ADA accessible

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - virtual public meeting:

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Meeting Number (access code): 2826 816 6668

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