Central Plains Center for Bioassessment

Post-Bank Stabilization Fish Monitoring on Cottonwood River

Aerial map of the Cottonwood River by Emporia.
Date October 2013 - October 2014
Contact Debbie Baker
Kansas Water Office
Location Cottonwood River


In 2014 the Kansas Water Office (KWO) performed a stabilization project on bends of the Cottonwood River south of the town of Emporia in order to reduce sediment delivery into John Redmond Reservoir.  However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service deemed similar construction in the Neosho River just below the confluence with the Cottonwood River as possibly harmful to the federally threatened Neosho Madtom (Noturus placidus) (USFWS 2010).  In anticipation of a similar ruling on this projected work KWO and Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) performed pre- and post-construction evaluation of six sites on the river, including fish seining and channel and sediment measurements.


Donald Huggins

Debbie Baker