The Altus city reservoir project team, led by Johnny Barron, is looking to develop the land around the reservoir as a gathering place to include water use amenities such as boating, swimming, water slides, splash pads and other attractions. Grants have been applied for, and a preliminary scope of work is anticipated for the feasibility study and preliminary design. They are also looking to increase the capacity of the reservoir to give us the most amount of storage, and the most drought preparedness that we can achieve.
The consultants will perform a grid survey of the depth of each basin to measure storage volume. An evaluation of existing survey data of the topography for the areas surrounding the reservoir will also be studied. A sediment analysis will be performed to look for environmental contaminants that may endanger the public or environment. An evaluation of the environmental impact assessment, regulatory review, dam safety assessment and data from the National Inventory of Dams will all be performed.
Altus city councilman Chris Riffle, who is a part of the city reservoir project team, said that we must set responsible expectations for the reservoir project. “Funding will definitely play a factor in the determination of which amenities to include in the preliminary design,” he said. “I am for a public/private partnership that would help with economic development. All types of people will use the reservoir, and have shared their dreams of the reservoir.”
Councilman Dwayne Martin, also a member of the project team, said the Altus Air Force Base has also been very enthusiastic about the reservoir plans. “The Air Force Base sees the reservoir project as an economic boost, and also an excellent way to improve the quality of living for Altus.”
The reservoir park development could have multiple uses including not only water use features, but recreation features, educational features, eateries, and attractive landscaping waterfalls, and docks.
The city of Altus will be reviewing qualifications February through April 2016, and will then solicit formal proposals for the feasibility study and preliminary design.
A project called “Dream Big Altus” can be seen on Facebook. It gives a drawing of some of the proposed ideas for the reservoir, as well as a section for people to give their suggestions and comments. Find it at: facebook.com/search/top/?q=dream%20big%20altus
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077