Work on Zink Dam will put water in the Arkansas River

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 11/18/2013 7:22 pm Published: 11/18/2013 5:23 pm

Water may soon fill the Arkansas River.

On Monday, a temporary dam was installed to hold the water in place.

The temporary dam is up to keep the water from going downstream. This is just the first in a series of moves to complete restoration to the Zink Dam.

"When we originally built the dam in 1981 we had a lake all the way up to 11thStreet," said Engineer Bill Smith.

But people who use the trail now only see piles of sand and patches of water.

"Over time the gate seals have deteriorated and so they're going to replace the bottom gate seals and then they're going to do some concrete restoration," said Smith.

Smith worked to construct the Zink Dam in 1981 and he's overseeing the restoration efforts.

"The plan is to finish the first gate about the end of January and then move the cofferdam to the next gate and work," he said.

The plan is to fix three gates on the dam by next September, a project totaling around $872,000.

"With what they're doing now it ought to last another 30 years," said Smith, an investment he said will boost attraction to an area that's already growing in popularity.

"Once the gate seals are put back in place then we'll be able to maintain the lake for the Tulsa Rowing Club and for other recreational purposes," he said.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the Keystone Dam released water. It's about a six-hour delay before the water makes it to the dam. But it's going to start flowing in around 9 p.m.

Officials said by Tuesday morning, there should be water in the river.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/19/2013 8:33 AM
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Ain't no kind of work that will put water in that river. Only rain can do that. A damn dam will help retain the polluted water there.
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