John Redmond Dredging

Photo of Dredge LP at ReservoirPurpose

Removal and disposal of 3,000,000 cu/yd of sediment from John Redmond Reservoir and streambank stabilization projects above Redmond to reduce incoming sediment loads.


During the 2014 legislative session the Governor endorsed a plan to issue $25 million in bonds for the dredging of 3.0 million cubic yards of sediment from this reservoir to restore water supply lost to sedimentation. During legislative deliberations, portions of the project were reduced lowering the need for bond issuance to $20 million. The project restored water supply storage in John Redmond Reservoir near Burlington in Coffey County. Streambank stabilization projects will also take place above the reservoir.


  • 2012 - The plan to conduct large-scale dredging started due to the Neosho not meeting demands downstream
  • 2013 - Great Lakes Dredging and Dock, LLC wins the project bid
  • 2014 - KWO worked on a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Section 408 Request for the removal and disposal of sediment at John Redmond and received approval from the State Finance Council for a bond
  • March 2015 - A $20 million bond was issued
  • May 2015 - USACE issued a Section 408 Request Final Record of Decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the PEIS, giving authorization from the federal government for Kansas to dredge a federally-owned reservoir
  • November 2015 - Confined Disposal Facility permits were completed and construction began
  • May 2016 - Great Lakes Dredging and Dock, LLC began the dredging process
  • October 2016 - Phase I completed with the removal of 3 million cubic yards of sediment removed

Photo of dredge material disposalCurrent Updates

Dewatering activities are taking place on all five of the confined disposal facilities sites. Soil sampling has been conducted and analysis will be completed to evaluate the productivity of use of dredging material for agricultural production.

Characterization and Mapping of Sediment Thickness and Pattern in John Redmond Reservoir-2014

Final Supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement-John Redmond-2013


$20,000,000 bond and Kansas Water Marketing Fund (planning phase)

Project Manager

Matt Unruh




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