Marais des Cygnes Regional Advisory Committee

Map of Marais des Cygnes RAC Boundaries

Current Focus Area

Working with local, state, and federal partners to reduce sedimentation, improve education, and evaluate water supply and demand solutions within the Region. 

Guiding Principles

The Marais des Cygnes Goal Team believes it is necessary to increase support and resources for sedimentation reduction practices as well as new sources of supply and education to meet the future water supply needs in the MDC region for the next 50 years. Education and water quality were the two most common priorities shared by the public throughout the three public meetings.  

About the RAC

RAC Planner: Bobbi Luttjohann -

The Marais des Cygnes RAC has 13 members who represent WRAPS, industry and commerce, conservation and environment, agriculture, water assurance districts, planning and zoning, and the general public. Click here for the full Marais des Cygnes Regional Advisory Committee Membership 

The Marais des Cygnes RAC has three goals to address water supply and education needs throughout the region. Click here to read the full Marais des Cygnes Action Plan.


Melvern Dam is located in Osage County Kansas. The earthen dam was built as a flood control project by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It impounds the Marais des Cygnes River, which is notorious for it's destructive flooding, notably the Great Flood of 1951. The reservoir it creates, Melvern Lake, has a water surface of 10.8 square miles and a maximum capacity of 363,000 acre-feet, and the dam itself is 188 feet high.

Quick Facts

Regional Planning area located in southeast and east-central Kansas

  • Size: 4,255 sq miles
  • Precipitation: variable by season
  • Water Supply & Usage: Highest User Municipal - 46%

Meeting Notes & Presentations

KWO Office
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 404
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Phone: 785-296-3185
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