Hydraulics & Waterways


394837 - Smoky Hill River Renewal- A holistic renewal of a water resource and a community.

Wednesday, June 6
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Regency Room
Co-Authors: Martha Tasker, Salina, KS – City of Salina

The community of Salina, KS has embarked on an exciting and ambitions plan to revitalize 6.8 miles of the Smoky Hill River corridor. It was once the flowing life blood of the community and powered the third largest grain mill in the United States. In the 1960’s the main channel was diverted away from downtown as part of a flood control project effectively robbing the stream of base flow and the stream has suffered ever since. A grass roots effort developed to reinvigorate the community by restoring flow to the river. Some of the key topics integrated into the discussion include trash collection best management practices, designs that will reduce long term maintenance costs, navigable waterways, passive recreation, flood control, ecosystem restoration and public safety.

An extensive public outreach was performed in 2017 to refine the Master Plan elements and prioritize the components within the first phase. Between the public meetings, steering committee meetings, design charrettes, and nearly 3,000 face book live views, the community has clearly expressed how restoring this resource through the community will have direct and lasting improvements. The presentation will discuss some of the technical challenges to restoring flow and will highlight how the public interactions help shape the project to maximize the benefits to the community. These topics will be presented from both the owner and water resource engineer point of view to best understand the holistic nature of the community and river renewal.

Eric J. Dove, MS, LEED AP, PE

Sr. Water Resources Project Manager

Mr. Dove has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineer from the University of Nebraska and is a Sr. Water Resources Project Manager with HDR in Springfield, Missouri. He has 25 years of expertise that includes a wide range of water resources projects such as levees, dams, natural channel design, culverts, storm sewers, trails, boat ramps, floodplain modeling and green infrastructure projects. Aesthetics and public recreation amenities are a vital component of many of Mr. Dove’s projects in order to deliver diverse multi-purpose benefits to the community. Mr. Dove is also on the board of directors of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks which is a non-profit committed to protecting regional water quality. He is a professional engineer registered in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


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