John Redmond Reservoir Watershed Streambank Projects


Cottonwood River Stabilized SiteTo reduce the amount of sediment entering John Redmond Reservoir by implementing streambank stabilization projects. Projects are aimed at rehabilitating and stabilizing portions of the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers and their tributaries, which are known to contribute significant sediment loads and pollutants to the watershed and John Redmond Reservoir, as well as restoring riparian buffers adjacent to the stream rehabilitation sites.


The loss of storage in John Redmond Reservoir has long been a concern due to its importance in meeting the region's current and future water demands. Streambank stabilization and riparian restoration projects are the most cost effective method of reducing sediment delivery to John Redmond Reservoir from these sources. The John Redmond Reservoir Watershed Streambank Erosion Assessment (updated in 2017) identified specific areas of streambank erosion, or “hotspots.” This information is used to target streambank stabilization and riparian restoration efforts toward high priority stream reaches within the watershed above John Redmond Reservoir.


Implementation of sites within the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers watershed continues as part of the inter-agency team’s ongoing implementation schedule. 

Cottonwood River Stabilized SiteCurrent Updates

A total of 351 streambank erosion sites, or "hotspots", were identified above John Redmond Reservoir. 40 of those are completed.

Projects are ongoing in 2018 within this watershed. 


A portion of the "pooled" agency funding is dedicated to streambank stabilization projects in the John Redmond Reservoir watershed.

Project Manager 

Cara Hendricks

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