Canal Importation Basin: Master Plan Update

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Thank you for your interest in the Canal Importation Drainage Basin. This page is dedicated to collecting feedback on proposed master plan updates. For background information, visit the Canal Importation Drainage Basin webpage or any of the "Important Links" or "Documents" in the right-hand column.

Master Plan Updates

The City is in the process of updating the Selected Plan portion of the basin’s Stormwater Master Plan. The Selected Plan is an important step in the Master Planning Process(External link). It evaluates alternatives that address the flood risk identified in the floodplain update and develops a recommended plan of improvements. In addition to identifying solutions to reduce flood risk, the Selected Plan evaluates opportunities for water quality improvements, stream rehabilitation, habitat enhancement, open space preservation and recreation (e.g., parks, trail systems).

We want to hear from you:

  • View the public meeting presentation to learn more, then use the "Ask a Question" tab below. (External link)
  • Add a comment and photo about observations you have made in the basin in the "interactive map" below.
  • Contact Theodore Bender | Stormwater Master Planning Engineer | tbender@fcgov.com | 970-221-6503


All feedback must be received by June 26, 2021, for consideration.

Thank you for your interest in the Canal Importation Drainage Basin. This page is dedicated to collecting feedback on proposed master plan updates. For background information, visit the Canal Importation Drainage Basin webpage or any of the "Important Links" or "Documents" in the right-hand column.

Master Plan Updates

The City is in the process of updating the Selected Plan portion of the basin’s Stormwater Master Plan. The Selected Plan is an important step in the Master Planning Process(External link). It evaluates alternatives that address the flood risk identified in the floodplain update and develops a recommended plan of improvements. In addition to identifying solutions to reduce flood risk, the Selected Plan evaluates opportunities for water quality improvements, stream rehabilitation, habitat enhancement, open space preservation and recreation (e.g., parks, trail systems).

We want to hear from you:

  • View the public meeting presentation to learn more, then use the "Ask a Question" tab below. (External link)
  • Add a comment and photo about observations you have made in the basin in the "interactive map" below.
  • Contact Theodore Bender | Stormwater Master Planning Engineer | tbender@fcgov.com | 970-221-6503


All feedback must be received by June 26, 2021, for consideration.

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    In the 2001 Master Plan, Item 8 in the Major Drainage Improvement Projects (page 17) was the South Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal Corridor "reconfiguration". Will this be part of the next Master Plan? I spoke out strongly against this idea at the time. I see Brown's Farm Retention Pond A referenced in some of the Alternative Analysis documents. What are the plans for that?

    concerned Cheviot St. homeowner asked 11 days ago

    Thanks for your question.  There are no plans in this current Master Plan update to make any changes to the Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal configuration.  This item is not being carried forward from the 2001 study.  

     The Brown Farm detention pond is discussed as a part of the Manchester-Scarborough Flow path (Section 3.7 in the Current Alternatives Report).  Both alternatives for the Manchester-Scarborough Flow path include potential plans to increase the storage capacity from 11.4 acre-ft to 12.7 acre-ft, lower the pond outlet, disconnect the outfall from the PV&L Canal and convey flows beneath the PV&L Canal to a new pipe system to the Manchester Drive detention pond (adjacent to Taft Hill Rd).

     Please reach out to us again with any further questions.  You are always welcome to e-mail me as well at tbender@fcgov.com

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    Reviewing the alternatives document, it looks like the Engineer Recommendation for Clearview Channel Flow Path is for Detention, 3.5.2. If that is done I presume it will involve tearing up the cattails and other plant life again as was done several years ago. It was a mess and has only recently recovered. The Conveyance Alternative, 3.5.1, looks like it is lower cost with similar benefit. Why not go that direction and have less impact on the open space?

    w.a.cotton asked 12 days ago

    This is great feedback…thank you!  We are still weighing our options and collecting feedback from residents and stakeholders.  The conveyance alternative is still very much a possibility and has not been ruled out.  In the detention alternative, the existing detention pond at the east end of Overland Park would be increased in size by about 10%.  We would keep any vegetation disturbance to a minimum to achieve the needed increase in size.  We can also plant and reseed the area as needed to promote healthy reestablishment of any native vegetation.

     Please reach out to us again with any further questions.  You are always welcome to e-mail me as well at tbender@fcgov.com

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    Where do I find the “selected plan.” I can’t find anything here to evaluate. There is history and background but no plans.

    Bill Cotton asked 12 days ago

    The full Selected Plan update can be broken down into multiple steps.  We started with a review of the past Hydrologic and Hydraulic data, then we completed an Alternatives Analysis to investigate different options to reduce the flooding in the area.  Next, we are excited to present these alternatives to the public.  After public outreach is complete, we will move into the conceptual design phase of the project this summer.  The full Alternatives Analysis report can be found, at right, under the Documents section titled "2020.12.15_Canal_Importation_Basin_Alternatives_Analysis".  The Hydrologic and Hydraulic reports are posted there as well and available for download. 

    Please reach out to us again with any further questions.  You are always welcome to e-mail me as well at tbender@fcgov.com.

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    Is there a link to see what the updated plan proposal is/are prior to the 5/3 meeting so citizens can prepare questions? Even the old master plan would be helpful. Just referring to general pages sends folks on a wild goose chase. I've spent over an hour clicking through pages and can only find super generalizations and the ARCGIS map. What is the plan?

    OPND asked 12 days ago

    We have completed the Alternatives Analysis portion of the Selected Plan Update for this basin and we are excited to share these results with the public.  The full Alternatives Analysis report can be found, at right, under the Documents section titled "2020.12.15_Canal_Importation_Basin_Alternatives_Analysis".

    Please reach out to us again with any further questions.  You are always welcome to e-mail me as well at tbender@fcgov.com.