Kansas Water Control Pipeline
September 13, 2011 • 11:05AM

By Chuck Wojcik

Based on the past year's river flooding, it appears that some flood control projects, or river control systems should be built in the Midwestern plains.

Excess water flowing down the Missouri River almost annually causes flood damage and is wastefully discharged into the Gulf of Mexico.

I would like to propose for your consideration creating a pumping and piping system to back pump Missouri River water from the north side of Kansas City, KS along the Kansas River (North side) to a point west of Manhattan, KS and the Milford F.C. Reservoir, namely, to the Lyons Creek Valley to its headwater.

There the line would head for Hutchinson, KS, picking up the railroad right-of-way from the headwater of Lyons Creek, directly to Hutchinson, KS. At Hutchinson, KS a world class water purification plant could be built to purify water to the degree needed to discharge water into the Ogallala Aquifer.

Hutchinson would be the end point of the pipeline. Backflush from the water purification operation would be discharged into the Arkansas River, along with any programmed flow of water into the Arkansas River water system.

You might ask, why end the pipeline at Hutchinson, KS?

Three reasons:

l.) Its surface location is at about the geographical center of the Ogallala Aquifer.

2.) It's on the Arkansas River. A perfect spot to discharge filtration plant backflush.

3.) It's a good location to connect the river systems together.

On the westward run from Kansas City, KS.; branch flows could be taken off to fill the following reservoirs: Perry, Tuttle Creek, and Milford.

So, that's the broad picture. Right here we have an opportunity to field test a small scale NAWAPA project.

The main pipeline and pumps could be the same ones required for NAWAPA lifts. The power for the pumps could be electric, gas (turbine), gas (steam turbine), or nuclear (steam turbine).

The control centers could follow the criteria suggested by Terry Bates.

This piping, pumping system would be the connecting link that would create a circulating loop between the Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Mississippi River systems. Additionally it would provide the capability to supply replenishment water to the Ogallala Aquifer.

This could be a small scale demonstration of the potential of the NAWAPA project itself. It's in an area where industrial support and transportation facilities are already developed, a perfect set-up for developing and testing the hardware for a mini NAWAPA type project. Every lesson learned here could be directly transferred to the NAWAPA project and similar projects around the world.

Since this would be in the category of flood control or water conservation between the river and aquifer systems of several states it follows that government funding (job creation) would probably be in order; and that the implementation and execution of the project would probably be in the hands of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Hopefully the Corps would be in tune with the NAWAPA project's pumping and piping studies; and together with NAWAPA's personnel a pumping and piping system could be developed that would be satisfactory for this and subsequent NAWAPA projects.

Chuck Wojcik

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