Water meeting spurs talk of new reservoirs

HOLDREGE, Neb. - The Central District Water Users held their annual meeting in Holdrege on Monday. Among many topics of discussion, plans were presented to attendees on a project that will create a new regulating reservoir in northeastern Phelps county. The concept behind the project is to move the return from the Platte River to a reservoir for water regulation purposes. According to Jerry Kenney, executive director of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, the project will not create new water, but offer a more efficient way of use and regulation.
Johnson Lake could also see benefits in summer season water levels, but no recreational benefits are planned.
The design for the reservoir is a 2 cell plot on 1000 acres of land in northeast Phelps county. The reservoirs will have a capacity of 15000 acre feet, and in an attempt to minimize seepage, sport cement slope protection.
The project is not projected to begin the construction stages until 2017.

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