Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 1, 2012

Corps working on Red Rock Master Plan

Steve Woodhouse

Pella — The US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock is required to have a Master Plan in place. The one the Corps is currently operating under was last updated in 1976, and the new Master Plan is expected to be done next year.

“It's up to management to ensure it gets done,” Red Rock Assistant Operations Manager John Holt said.

The Corps has been gathering input for the Master Plan from interested parties. Two events are planned to gain comments from the public. The first will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, from noon-8 p.m., at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville. The second will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Central College, Graham Annex Building in Pella. The Corps is required to to have public input and to tell the public what it plans to do. The lake is public, federal property.

“There's a lot of requirements,” Holt said.

Holt warns that even though input will be taken, the Corps will make decisions based upon what is the best use of the Corps property. Not everyone will be happy with the final Master Plan. The final product will be a planning document and the benefits and other effects may not be noticed immediately.

The Master Plan covers the two, Congressionally-authorized purposes of the Red Rock project, which are recreation and natural resource management.

“It does not cover water management,” Holt said. The Master Plan will not cover dam operations for flood control. The Corps has a regular manual for water management.