Kansas River Commercial Dredging

16 Apr 2018 10:34 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed a Record of Decision for commercial dredging on the Kansas River. Five applicants have received permit proposals to extract sand and gravel from the river by hydraulic dredging. The Corps of Engineers regulates dredging under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. The permits authorize commercial dredging of up to 1.9 million total tons of aggregate from the river annually over the next five years. Special conditions minimizing and/or mitigating project-related impacts to the Kansas River are proposed as part of the proposed permits. If accepted, commercial dredging permits for the Kansas River will be issued to the following:

·         Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.;

·         Holliday Sand and Gravel Company;

·         Masters Dredging in the Kansas City-Lawrence;

·         Kansas area, Builders Choice Aggregates; and

·         LBB, LLC near Topeka, Kansas.

Commercial dredging for sand and other aggregate materials from the Kansas River has taken place over the past 100 years. Since 1990 total extraction permit limits have ranged from a high of 4.7 million tons, to more recently, a 2.2-million-ton annual limit; however, actual dredging has ranged between 88% and 23% of the annual limit. Total extraction under the proposed permits, as in the past, is dependent upon aggregate supply, demand, and other market driven factors, as well as, existing river conditions. During the five-year permitting period, the river bed will be monitored every two years with the data to be used in the reevaluation of the issuance of any future commercial dredging permits.  


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