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Post-Bank Stabilization Fish Monitoring on the Cottonwood River

Date: 
2013 to 2015
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Research Location: 
Cottonwood River, Lyon Co. KS

Summary

In 2014 the Kansas Water Office (KWO) performed a stabilization project on bends of the Cottonwood River south of the town of Emporia in order to reduce sediment delivery into John Redmond Reservoir.  However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service deemed similar construction in the Neosho River just below the confluence with the Cottonwood River as possibly harmful to the federally threatened Neosho Madtom (Noturus placidus) (USFWS 2010).  In anticipation of a similar ruling on this projected work KWO and Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) performed pre- and post-construction evaluation of six sites on the river, including fish seining and channel and sediment measurements.

Final report (pdf): Baker, D. and D. Huggins. 2016. Pre- and post-bank stabilization monitoring on the Cottonwood River – a fish survey.  KBS Report 185. 23pp.

Funding

Kansas Water Office

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