Marmaton Watershed
What is happening in the Marmaton Watershed?
Drinking Water
Three water utilities lie within the Marmaton WRAPS Watershed Boundary: Fort Scott, Bourbon Consolidated RWD #2, and Bone Creek PWWSD #11.  These utilities serve approximately 20,000 people throughout the Marmaton Watershed and beyond. 
Ft. Scott intake
Marmaton River directly upstream of the water intake for the City of Ft. Scott.
Land Use
There are five land uses in the Marmaton Watershed. 
Current Practices and Facility Upgrades
filter strip
watershed structure
filter strip
At this time, agricultural practices are being and have been implemented that help protect the watershed.  A few of the agricultural practices that have been implemented include: terraces, conservation crop rotations, filter strips, conservation tillage, and CRP.  In addition to the agricultural practices that are taking place in the watershed, flood control structures have been built and updates to treatment plants have been made. 
Filter Strip
Floodwater Retention Site
Filter Strip
water tower
drinking water plant updates
Ft. Scott wastewater treatment plant
New Wastewater Treatment Plant - City of Ft. Scott
Drinking Water Treatment Plant Updates - City of Ft. Scott
Drinking Water Treatment Plant Updates - City of Ft. Scott
Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority
The Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority was established to revitalize the Marmaton River in and around Fort Scott.  The Riverfront Authority plans to build a multi-use trail along the river, with educational and recreational (fishing, wildlife observation, etc.) opportunities available as well.  To learn more about the Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority, please visit their website at
Stream and lake impairments exist within the Marmaton Watershed.  Stream impairments include: low dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform bacteria, and ammonia.  Low dissolved oxygen impairs aquatic life.  Low or no flow conditions on the Marmaton River and its tributaries contribute to low dissolved oxygen.  Fecal coliform bacteria impairs recreational uses, and ammonia impairs aquatic life.  Lake impairments include: eutrophication and low dissolved oxygen.  Eutrophication has the potential to impair uses such as recreation, aquatic life, drinking water, industrial water supply use, and food supply.
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