TUTTLE CREEK LAKE WCM UPDATE
Tuttle Creek Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated lake located on the Big Blue River in the Flint Hills Region of Northeast Kansas. Congress authorized construction of the reservoir under The Flood Control Act of 1938. The authorized purposes are flood risk reduction, water quality, water supply, fish and wildlife conservation and recreation. In the mainstem Kansas River Basin, only Tuttle Creek Lake has a water quality pool that is to be used to maintain flow targets on the Kansas River. Construction occurred intermittently between early 1950s and 1960s. Operations began on July 1, 1962. Tuttle Creek Lake is one lake in a larger network of lakes, including Clinton Lake, Perry Lake and Milford Lake, that operate in parallel with each other. This network functions as a system to play a vital role in managing water resources in the Kansas River Basin for their respective nearby and downstream communities.
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.