Governor Approves John Redmond Reservoir Reallocation

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - An area reservoir will soon have some extra storage space.

Governor Sam Brownback signed a contract Thursday allowing for some much needed water reallocation to the John Redmond Reservoir near Emporia.

The contract will secure an additional 17,000 acre-feet of water storage at the reservoir, and raise the lake level two feet, helping distribute sediment across the area.

Governor Sam Brownback said the contract means residents won't have to worry as much during a dry spell.

"In this last year, everybody was getting scared because things were getting low in our reservoirs and we didn't have the water capacity and people were going to have to start getting shut off if we didn't get some rain, we got rain," said Brownback.

The Kansas Water Office plans to begin dredging the sediment in the reservoir through a phased approach in 2014.