As the construction phase of the East Locust Creek Reservoir is poised to begin. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, J.R Flores, will be making a major announcement that will advance the East Locust Creek Reservoir project significantly. The announcement is August 14th, as they “Meet at the Bottom of the Lake.” The event is held at 10:00 am at Boynton, a place designated as the Bottom of the Lake.
The East Locust Creek Reservoir will be a 2,350 acre multi-purpose lake is primarily designed to provide water to a 10 County region and eliminate the threat of water shortage. The entire area has been designated as being in an Extreme Drought.
Also speaking will be Senator Dan Hegeman who has been instrumental in advocating for the Reservoir and Jennifer Hoggatt, Director, Water Resource Center with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
All of the land for the Reservoir has been acquired and demolition of some 77 structures and land clean-up is nearly complete. Dam and spillway design is nearing completion. Permitting, mitigation and final financing are in their final phase. To date, $50 million of the approximately $110 million project has been programmed or spent.