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Posted 5/2/2017

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Operations Project Manager
(641) 828-7522 x6401

Lake Red Rock, Iowa

Lake Red Rock is a multiple purpose project providing primary benefits in flood control and low-flow augmentation, with secondary benefits in recreation, and environmental stewardship. The dam is located on the Des Moines River approximately 35 miles southeast of Des Moines, Iowa. Storage volume at full flood pool is1,436,400 acre-feet. The lake's normal(conservation) pool level is 15,250 acres which makes it Iowa's largest lake. The Project's watershed totals 12,320 square miles. The project includes: Lake Red Rock Dam with Spillway that includes five Tainter Gates, fourteen sluice gates, and stilling basin; Southeast Des Moines and Pleasant Hill Remedial Works and Pump Station; Community of Carlisle Remedial Works; City of Avon Remedial Works and Pump Station; and Roberts Creek Subimpoundment. Cumulative nominal damages prevented since the project's inception (1969) = $642,935,000. Over 50,000 acres of directly managed lands and waters are included in the project. 29 Recreation Areas with 641 campsites. FY15 recreation fee receipts were $514,000. Lake Red Rock's regional FY15 economic impact is $13,231,000 from 773,000 visitors.

Project in operation.

OM - Operations and Maintenance

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A 
Allocations Prior to Current FY 2017 Cost  N/A 
Current FY 2017 Allocation (received to date)  $4,663,890 
Current FY 2017 Total Capability  $4,663,890 

Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2017:
Funds are being used for operation and maintenance of the flood control works and related infrastructure and dam safety programs and activities. Funds are also being used for operation and maintenance of day-use and overnight recreation areas and facilities. These funds support management of the recreation program and public visitation as well as functions that support recreation management by other lessees, agencies and partners. Funds are also being used for stewardship activities to protect the health, sustainability and integrity of the public lands associated with the project. Funds will be used for the following non-routine items: establish a one-acre fish rearing pond, inspect and mark nine miles of boundary to prevent encroachment, additional coordination with Iowa DNR and USFWS to partner on Iowa Wildlife Action Plan goals, Indiana bat habitat protection, and removal of invasive species.