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Corps closes Outlet Park at Melvern Lake due to high flood pool

Lake level nears flow through uncontrolled spillway

MELVERN, Kan. – Melvern Lake elevations have continued to rise this spring due to wet conditions across the Kansas and Missouri River basins. Currently the Melvern Lake flood pool is 78 percent occupied, leaving minimal space to store additional flood waters. Projected rainfall over the next 24 hours could be significant. Due to the lake level being within 3 feet of the uncontrolled spillway, Outlet Park is being closed at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, to prevent elevated risk to life and safety. All occupants are being asked to exit the area as of 3 p.m. today.

Current projections indicate that the lake will rise to elevation of 1,055 feet on Sunday, May 26. At lake elevation 1,057 feet, water begins flowing uncontrolled through the spillway and would have direct, immediate impact at Outlet Park. The dam is operating as designed. In accordance with dam safety protocol, increased surveillance and monitoring of the dam is being performed and will continue until reservoir levels decrease.

If projected rainfall occurs, releases will be operated through the outlet works as allowed. The current weather pattern is dynamic, and in the event that flood storage is used and inflows exceed the capabilities of the outlet works, uncontrolled flows may begin out of the emergency spillway. Releases from the outlet works also have the potential to affect the campground and facilities.

A statement from the Kansas City District said, “Human life and safety are the priority in reservoir operations. These actions are precautionary and necessary to ensure public safety. The public should monitor National Weather Service forecasts and follow the direction of local authorities and emergency managers.”

The Kansas City District is also reminding the public to wear a life jacket while on or near the water. Be vigilant of the safety risks associated with high water such as floating debris or obstructions covered by high water which can create dangerous boating conditions. Expect the unexpected and be prepared. Do not drive or walk into flood waters on the road. Any time you come to a flooded road please turn around, don’t drown! Never enter standing or moving water to cross a road.

Corps plans public meeting on high water conditions at Pomona and Melvern lakes

LYNDON, Kan. – Due to above average water levels being held in Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake, both in Osage County, Kan., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Lyndon High School auditorium, 421 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

District personnel will present a brief summary of current conditions, a description of how the Corps manages the system, the impacts on recreation and stakeholders, expected releases and overall outlook. Attendees will be invited to ask questions.

KBI identifies remains of woman found last year at Melvern Lake

Anna Marie Baldwin. Photos from KBI.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office have identified the remains of a woman who was found last August near Melvern Lake in Osage County, and are requesting the public’s assistance in the investigation of her murder.

The victim was identified as Anna Marie Baldwin, who was 40 years old at the time she was discovered. Baldwin lived in the Topeka area. She was 5 ft. 6 in. tall, and weighed approximately 120 lbs. She had brown hair, hazel eyes, and at times wore gold framed glasses.

The KBI believes Baldwin was killed sometime between April and July 2017. Her skeletal remains were found Aug. 25, 2017, in a wooded area north of Melvern Lake. At the time, the KBI asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the victim, and released photographs of jewelry and glasses found with the remains.

The KBI asks anyone who knew Baldwin in late 2016 or in 2017, or who has information related to this crime, to contact them at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous.

Corps issues public health warning for Melvern Lake’s Outlet Park campground, swim beach

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Park campground (River Pond) and swim beach downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests have confirmed the presence of the algae.

The most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin, but levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Swimming is now prohibited at the Outlet Park swim beach, and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged.

Pet owners should be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom, or that eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill.

The present algae bloom is isolated to the Outlet Park River Pond and swim beach area below Melvern Lake. Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment will continue to monitor these public waters and will update the status as conditions warrant. For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake at 785-549-3318.

KBI requests assistance in identifying remains of woman found at Melvern Lake

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the remains of a woman found Aug. 25, 2017, at Melvern Lake. It is believed the woman was the victim of a homicide.

Forensic anthropology experts from the Washburn University Anthropology Department assisted law enforcement in studying the remains. They reported that the deceased individual is female, and likely Hispanic, however, white cannot be ruled out.

They provided a likely age range between 35 and 50 years of age, but also offered a broader range of 30 to 65 years of age.

She was believed to have been 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches, but could potentially also be between 5 feet, 1 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches.

The report suggested that she was killed and has been at the scene since sometime between late fall 2016 and July 2017, with a narrower estimate of April 2017 to July 2017.

KBI agents and Osage County Sheriff’s Office are also releasing information about the woman’s clothing and jewelry to hopefully aid in identifying the victim. Her shirt size was small, and the brand was “No Boundaries.” Her pants size was 32×30, and the brand “Helix.” Her bra size was 44 and the brand “Fruit of the Loom.”

She was wearing several items of jewelry which include a silver ring that spells “love” in cursive writing, a gold or bronze ring with a red stone, a silver bangle bracelet, and gold or bronze framed eyeglasses.

Unidentified human remains found at Melvern Lake, near Turkey Point

MELVERN LAKE, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after human skeletal remains were found Friday night at Melvern Lake.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger discovered skeletal remains during a routine check on the north side of Melvern Lake, near Turkey Point Day Use Area. The park ranger contacted the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, which requested KBI assistance around 6:20 p.m. Friday.

According to a KBI press release, further forensic examination is needed to determine the person’s sex, race, age, and cause of death. Forensic anthropology experts from the Washburn University Anthropology Department are also assisting with the investigation.

With the investigation ongoing, the KBI announced that no further information will be released at this time.

Local artists compete for pizza in Melvern Lake water safety poster contest

Winning posters artists who received their prizes on Aug. 12 were, front from left, Charlie DeMaranville, Faye Carpenter, Zoe Carpenter, Lauryn Raymie; second row, Ethan Kneisler, Allie Kneisler, Emma Bailey, Grace DeMaranville, Rylee Moon; back, Melvern Lake Park Ranger Julie Heslop, Zach Oswald, and Alysa Miller.

Local artistically talented kids will soon be enjoying pizza after demonstrating their knowledge of water safety in the 2017 US Army Corps of Engineers Melvern Lake Water Safety Poster Contest

USACE Park Ranger Julie Heslop organized the water safety poster contest for youth in the Melvern Lake area. There were two age groups, 6-9-year-olds and 10-13-year-olds, and three divisions in each age group. The divisions were Wear Your Life Jacket, Swim With A Buddy, and an Open Division (What Does Water Safety Mean To You?).

Buzzard’s Pizza, Lyndon, donated a large one-topping pizza for the first prize in each division, and Casey’s General Store donated certificates for a large one-topping pizza for the second and third prize for each division. Ribbons in the form of bookmarks, with the Seven Sins of Swimming on one side and contest placement on the other, were given to the top three youth of each division. A brief demonstration on water safety was given before prizes were handed out on Aug. 12, 2017, at the Melvern Lake USACE information center.

There were 38 posters turned in for the contest, and after review by Ranger Julie Heslop and Melvern Lake park attendants the placings were as follows:

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 6-9): Third place, Rylee Moon; second place, Charlie DeMaranville; first place, Natalee Whitmore.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 6-9): Third place, Zoe Carpenter; second place, Shyanne Allen; first place, Allie Kneisler.

Open division (ages 6-9): Third place, Faye Carpenter; second place, Grace DeMaranville; first place, Lauryn Raymie.

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 10-13): Third place, Kylie Burkdoll; second place, Sydnie Everhart; first place, Alysa Miller.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 10-13): Third place, Maddie Renfro; second place, Ashton Ehrhardt; first place, Emma Bailey.

Open division (ages 10-13): second place, Zach Oswald; first place, Ethan Kneisler.

Melvern Lake open for business despite blue-green algae warning at outlet ponds

Melvern Lake’s Coeur d’Alene swim beach awaits beach lovers even though the lake’s outlet ponds are under algae warning.

A blue-green algae warning continues for two popular ponds adjacent to Melvern Lake. A warning covering Melvern Outlet River Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond was issued last week, along with an announcement of the closure of Outlet Swim Beach.

The presence of blue-green algae was confirmed in the ponds, with the warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from Aug. 3 and 8, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

With the swim beach closed, those looking to swim are encouraged to go to Coeur d’Alene swim beach.

The Melvern outlet ponds are among five lakes in the state under warning for blue-green algae, including Central Park Lake, Shawnee County, Marion County Lake, Marion County, and Webster Lake, Rooks County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Another Osage County lake, Overbrook City Lake, remains under a blue-green algae watch. Also under watches are Milford Reservoir in all zones in Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties; Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County; South Lake, Johnson County and Villa High Lake, Thomas County.

Corps closes swimming beach and issues public health warning for Melvern Lake Outlet Ponds

MELVERN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond downstream of Melvern Lake, in Osage County, Kan.

These ponds are currently under a warning based on cyanobacteria and toxin results from Aug. 3, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As a result, the swim beach at Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond is closed until further notice.  All other facilities in Outlet Park and Melvern Lake remain open.

The present algae bloom is isolated to the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond below Melvern Lake Dam. Lake visitors can still use the Coeur d’ Alene swim beach on the main lake. Boat ramps and main lake activities are not affected. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float or drift around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid all water contact and keep pets away.

Melvern Lake boating accident sends four to hospital Saturday evening

MELVERN LAKE, Kan. – Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Saturday after a two-boat collision on Melvern Lake.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, a 911 call was received reporting a boating accident on Melvern Lake.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene it was discovered that Stephan Martin, Gardner, Kan., was operating a 2006 Bennington pontoon boat, when it struck an unknown make and model of ski boat, operated by Earl Baker, Eskridge, Kan., pulling a tube with riders.

Martin and three occupants of the pontoon boat were uninjured in the accident, while Baker and three occupants of the ski boat were transported to a local hospital by Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS. The riders on the towed tube were uninjured in the accident.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are investigating the accident. Responding at the scene were sheriff’s deputies, KDWPT personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers, Osage County Fire District No. 3, Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS.

Skunkgrass clogs Melvern Lake’s River Pond

Anyone who has recently tried to fish the River Pond in the Outlet Park has realized that we are once again experiencing issues with excessive aquatic weed growth. Aquatic plants known as filamentous algae and Chara, or skunkgrass, have grown to an abnormally high quantity and are making fishing and other recreational activities quite difficult. Melvern Lake Corps staff and biologists are working with biologists from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to determine a course of action on treating the pond. Unfortunately, there will be no quick or easy fix for the aquatic growth problem.

What has happened? The excessive weed growth the past two years is caused by a number of environmental factors, but it is most commonly due to an overabundance of nutrients, or hyper-eutrophication. This excess nutrient loading may lead to excessive growth of a number of aquatic plants and often leads to an imbalance of nitrogen and phosphorous within the water body. As the nitrogen-phosphorous content becomes more out of balance the possibility of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, becomes more probable. In 2015, we experienced nearly 12 weeks of intermittent blue-green algae in the pond which was directly due to similar issues.

What do we do now? There are many thoughts as to a course of action to correct these problems. Some include adding grass carp to help reduce the weed growth or adding chemicals to improve the nitrogen-phosphorous balance. Trying to kill the plants may create fishing opportunities, but may only increase the probability for blue-green algae problems. Water clarity and the shallow nature of the pond are contributing factors to the issues we now face and unfortunately, the many factors that Mother Nature gives to us may be our ultimate challenge.

Carp’s on the menu for Kansas bowhunters’ weekend at Melvern Lake

MELVERN LAKE – The Kansas Bowhunters Association will hold a carp bowfishing contest at Melvern Lake on June 11-12, 2016. The group will headquarter at the Sundance primitive campground north of Lebo. Signs will direct archers to the area.

KBA members invite anyone who has an interest to attend. Whether you’re a seasoned bowfisher or a beginner who wants to learn more, the event is perfect. Members will have bowfishing rigs available for those who don’t have their own.

Bring your own food and drink and plan to camp. The KBA will serve pork steak on Friday evening. Participants will compete to see who can bring in the most pounds of carp. Only carp shot during the daytime count toward an angler’s total. For more information, contact Bob Griffin at 785-806-1493 or [email protected].

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Melvern Lake: One of the best reasons Osage County is the Water Sports Capital of Kansas!

Melvern Lake’s wide open water under wide open skies lures outdoor enthusiasts to this Osage County recreation hotspot.

Imagine a pristine lake surrounded by rolling hills, native grasses slowly waving in the breeze, songbirds making a gentle cadence in the cool evening air, and a glowing sunset lighting the western sky.

Scenic Melvern Lake, located in the southern portion of Osage County offers this very scene to its many visitors each year. Outdoor enthusiasts will find activities ranging from fishing to hunting, enjoying a picnic to camping, and boating to sail boarding.

Here are a few of the recreational opportunities that can be found during a visit to Melvern Lake.

Melvern Lake: One of the best reasons Osage County is the Water Sports Capital of Kansas!

Melvern Lake’s wide open water under wide open skies lures outdoor enthusiasts to this Osage County recreation hotspot.

Imagine a pristine lake surrounded by rolling hills, native grasses slowly waving in the breeze, songbirds making a gentle cadence in the cool evening air, and a glowing sunset lighting the western sky.

Scenic Melvern Lake, located in the southern portion of Osage County offers this very scene to its many visitors each year. Outdoor enthusiasts will find activities ranging from fishing to hunting, enjoying a picnic to camping, and boating to sail boarding.

Here are a few of the recreational opportunities that can be found during a visit to Melvern Lake.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Corps to observe 40th anniversary of Melvern Lake and Dam

Melvern Lake’s spillway dumps water at about 2,500 cubic feet per second into the Marais des Cygnes River June 7; the lake remains at 5 feet above flood pool as of June 16 due to recent rains.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting the public to an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Melvern Lake Project Office to commemorate the lake’s 40th anniversary.

Melvern Lake was authorized by Congress in 1954, and the lake and dam were constructed from 1967 to 1972. It was dedicated on June 21, 1975.

061615-melvern-40th-logoDuring Sunday’s open house at the project office, historical photos, lake information, displays and exhibits will be on hand for the public’s viewing. Corps of Engineers staff will be present to receive guests and answer questions on the lake’s 40-year history.

In addition, Melvern Pride has donated hot dogs, chips and drinks, which will be served beginning at 1 p.m.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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