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ESTIMATING THE STORAGE CAPACITY OF LAKE FORT SCOTT
USING BATHYMETRY

This service-learning project addressed a community-identified need for the City of
Fort Scott, KS. Fort Scott utilizes Lake Fort Scott for about 50% of its public water supply. As
part of its Watershed Restoration and Management Strategies (WRAPS) the City of Fort Scott
has identified a need to estimate the lake’s current storage capacity.

A group of five multi-disciplinary students enrolled in Alok Bhandari's Natural Resources and Environmental Science Capstone course conducted a bathymetric study on the lake. A bathymetric map gives the depth contours of the soil, rock, sand, etc. at the bottom of a body of water such a lake.The students utilized a Hydrotrak echo sounder (single beam), which was loaned from Odom Hydrographic Systems Incorporated (OHSI) in Baton Rouge, LA. Their goal was to estimate the storage capacity of the lake by comparing the original and current lake-bed topographies.

Following project implementation and analysis, the students presented both a written report and oral presentation to the Fort Scott city planner and Public Works Department.

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