Channel Stability of the Neosho River Downstream From John Redmond Dam, Kansas

Fact Sheet 088-99
Prepared in cooperation with the Kansas Water Office



The stability of the Neosho River channel downstream from John Redmond Dam, in southeast Kansas, was investigated using multi-date aerial photographs and stream-gage information. Bankfull channel width was used as the primary indicator variable to assess pre- and post-dam channel change. Five 6-mile river reaches and four stream gages were used in the analysis. Results indicated that the overall channel response to the altered streamflow regime and sediment load introduced by the dam has been minor. Aside from some localized channel widening, there was little post-dam change in bankfull channel width. The lack of a pronounced post-dam channel response may be attributable to a substantial reduction in the magnitude of the post-dam annual peak flows in combination with the resistance to erosion of the bed and bank materials. Also, the channel may have been overwidened by a series of large floods that predated construction of the dam.

Suggested Citation

Juracek, K.E., 1999, Channel stability of the Neosho River downstream from John Redmond Dam, Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 088–99, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Description of Study Area
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Downstream Effects of Dams on River Channels
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Channel stability of the Neosho River downstream from John Redmond Dam, Kansas
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 088-99
DOI 10.3133/fs08899
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 4 p.
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