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Jonathan Rhodes

REC 152 12:30pm


Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir with the Parks & Recreation

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Truman Reservoir is the largest flood control reservoir in Missouri, with a storage capacity of more than 5 million acre-feet. Just to give you an idea how much an acre-foot is, it is roughly around 325,000 gal. During periods of flooding, Truman Reservoir, operating in conjunction with other reservoirs helps protect the lower Osage, Missouri and Mississippi River floodplains.

The Truman Power Plant contains six turbine generators. This electrical energy is used to meet peak electrical demands when other power plants cannot fulfill the public's demand for electrical energy. Around the clock, power plant operators are there to monitor the performance. These people are critical to protecting the Osage and Mississippi River floodplains

The lake and more than 100,000 acres of land surrounding the lake is managed for fish and wildlife. Agricultural leases, controlled burning, food plot establishment, are a few of the land management techniques used at Truman Reservoir. Over 55,000 acres are licensed to the Missouri Department of Conservation for fish and wildlife management.

Recreational development is pretty extensive. Twenty parks and access areas, managed by or leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are conveniently located around the reservoir. Park areas at Truman Reservoir offer a wide variety of recreation facilities including boat launching ramps, campgrounds, full service marinas, picnic areas, sand swimming



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