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Olsson dives into Missouri watershed project

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Imagine nearly four square miles of water nestled in hills. That lake is critical to the water supply needs in 10 counties and is the ultimate solution to an acute and persistent water shortage. The lake provides for significant annual flood mitigation, and, in that body of water, boaters, fishermen, and families are having a good time. The idea of a building such a lake, which began in the late 1980s, is becoming reality in northern Missouri, and Olsson Associates is involved in its development.

The East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County will provide water supply to a 10-county area. In conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) determined the need for a lake due to the uncertainty of a continuous supply of water, outdated systems, and an increasing demand.

In 2011, Olsson stepped into the picture. Olsson’s involvement began with several task orders through the NCMRWC. Last month, Olsson was officially awarded a $2.3 million contract for the design and permitting of the dam and reservoir. It will be the largest lake designed by Olsson in its history.

“The excellent client service provided by the Water Resources, Environmental, and Municipal teams, and individuals such as Mike Lally, Darren Hennen, and Chad Johnson have positioned Olsson to continue work on this project,” said Tony Stanton, Water Resources practice group leader.

Chad Johnson, senior project engineer in the Kansas City office, said, “The project, in addition to providing a dependable raw water supply and recreation opportunities, will also provide flood control and flood reduction benefits downstream from the reservoir.

“Olsson just received three new task orders, which include completing a jurisdictional determination, preparing environmental permitting documentation including a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, and finishing the design of the dam.”

Olsson anticipates the planning, permitting, and design process currently underway will be completed in 2016.

“Construction of the reservoir and the related work for mitigation, road relocation, utility relocation, and other ancillary work is dependent on identifying and using future funding opportunities,” Chad said.

The entire cost of the project is currently estimated at $69 million.

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