Dam project proves unpopular in Davenport

DAVENPORT — The crowd packed inside the Davenport Community Center meeting room voiced its displeasure Thursday evening about a proposed reservoir project near here.

The Little Blue Natural Resources District Board of Directors authorized in fall 2012 the re-evaluation of a project envisioned more than 30 years ago in the northwest corner of Thayer County, two miles north of Davenport. The project was identified in the 1979 original Master Plan of Surface Water Development of the Big Sandy Creek Watershed.

The reconnaissance level investigation of the proposed dam is intended to evaluate the conceptual design and, based on the current values attributed to land and water, determine if the project is physically, economically and environmentally justifiable.

Engineers from Omaha consulting firm FYRA Engineering discussed on Thursday preliminary details about both the costs and benefits of the project. It was the same information NRD members received at their May 14 meeting.

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