To reduce the amount of sediment entering our federal reservoirs by implementing streambank stabilization projects. Projects are aimed at rehabilitating and stabilizing portions of the Delaware River and tributaries known to contribute significant sediment loads and pollutants to the watershed and Perry Lake, as well as restoring riparian buffers adjacent to the stream rehabilitation sites.
Watershed assessments have shown that streambanks are a major sediment contributor to Kansas’ reservoirs. The sediment eroded from streambanks leads to a large loss in reservoir storage capacity. This loss in storage capacity is a major concern as we are relying more and more on the water in our federal reservoirs for both current and future use. The Kansas Water Office has completed the Perry Lake Watershed Streambank Erosion Assessment (updated in 2017) and 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 Delaware River watershed above Perry Lake.
Implementation of sites within the Delaware River watershed continues as part of the inter-agency team’s ongoing implementation schedule.
More than 85 streambank erosion sites, or "hotspots", were identified above Perry Lake. Nearly 50% of those sites have been completed.
Projects are ongoing within this watershed.
A portion of the "pooled" agency funding is dedicated to streambank stabilization projects in the watershed above Perry Lake.