Red Willow Dam meeting set

Monday, November 15, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Bureau of Reclamation plans a public meeting in McCook on Thursday to inform the public of current and future activities related to the Red Willow Dam.

It is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Republican River Events Center and is intended to update the public on the current status of the dam as well as future activities and timelines associated with the dam. There will be a number of reclamation representatives in attendance to provide information and address questions the public may have regarding the progress of repairs.

Reclamation has established a web page at www. usbr.gov/gp/nkao/redwillow/ to provide the public with the most up-to-date information available. Users can register at reclamation's site to receive e-mail or text updates as new information becomes available.

Red Willow Dam, located on Red Willow Creek about 11 miles north of McCook, is an earthwall embankment with a structural height of 126 feet that forms a reservoir with a capacity of 85,070 acre-feet of water.

An ungated concrete spillway is located in the right abutment of the dam. An outlet works through the base of the dam provides for river and irrigation releases for downstream diversions. The reservoir behind the dam is Hugh Butler Lake.

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