The Arkansas River Low Water Dams and Public Access/Recreational Improvement

Schematic Design and Cost Estimates

Apr. ’15 / 60 pages, 8 Appendices and Final Presentation

This document prepared in April 2015 summarizes the results of the schematic design process and defines the multiple project components that have been envisioned as a result of previous reports and studies related to developing the Arkansas River as a community resource for Tulsa County. This definition of project components was then used to develop cost estimates for the related improvements and associated requirements for implementation. Project components included in this schematic design process were derived from the 2009 Preliminary Project Management Plan (also available on this website) and include proposed low-water dams, public access, recreational amenities, bank stabilization, environmental improvements and other key elements.


The Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan

Preceded by decades of discussion about Arkansas River improvements and development potential, citizens, county and local officials, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) produced and adopted the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan in 2005.

The three-part plan begins with the Vision Plan, completed in 2004, which, through an open, public process, identified the public’s ‘vision’ for Arkansas River improvements and potential development along the 42 miles of river in Tulsa County.  Public input identified many desires and much support for improvements to the river.  These desires included ‘more water in the river’; development (read more)

Documents of the Master Plan

Below are the three documents that form the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan for the 42 miles of Arkansas River flowing through Tulsa County.   (Click to download.)

Phase I — Vision Plan

Aug. ’04 / 23 pages and 3 attachments

This is the big-picture vision developed by stakeholders and citizens. Summaries and sketches describe short-term, mid-term, and long-term (over ten years) projects envisioned for the 42 miles of Arkansas River in Tulsa County. The scope of projects is inclusive, from low-water dams to riverside development.



Phase II — Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan

Oct. ’05 / 283 pages and 12 appendices

Prepared for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) and the Corp of Engineers, this study presents the history and habitats of the River. It evaluates, in detail, the opportunities and constraints of the proposed Vision Plan projects.  The Master Plan presents potential locations of new low-water dams and conceptual development and recreation areas along the banks of the corridor. The Master Plan is presented in three files and 13 appendices, for easier downloads.


Phase III — Ecosystem Restoration Plan

Feb. ’09 / 76 pages and 5 environmental data reports

This study provides the baseline environmental data for the river corridor, including seasonal data collection for flora and fauna, water quality, and endangered species, and the initial cultural resources inventory and evaluation. Specifically addressed are ecosystem restoration needs and recommendations for low-water dam design and operation.



Ph 4Phase IV — Preliminary Project Management Plan

Feb.’10 / 58 pages plus 23 appendices & ’11 USGS Sediment Study

This Preliminary Project Management Plan addresses guidelines and procedures for the next phase of the Arkansas River Corridor Projects, and serves as the basis for the final Project Management Plan.  It includes reports and technical documents prepared for the river corridor, a project schedule and recommendations for further studies.  The report identifies opportunities, problems, and constraints associated with three proposed low-water dams (Sand Springs, South Tulsa/Jenks and Bixby) and the existing Zink Dam modifications.

Arkansas River Corridor Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment

Mar. ’18 / 181 pages plus appendices

This Feasibility Report, completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District, presents the potential for ecosystem restoration opportunities along a 42-mile corridor of the Arkansas River in Tulsa County. The river has served as an important habitat for the nation’s wildlife that live, breed, and migrate through the Arkansas River ecosystem. This study evaluated the components of the 2005 Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan and determined that there is a Federal interest that aligns with the USACE goal of a healthy ecosystem structure and function along the Arkansas River.