As you well know Kansas is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history. As a result Perry Lake (a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project) has been adversely affected. This has happened in the past and has rarely resulted in dire consequences. Nonetheless the Corps has been releasing water from our lake at a rate that may adversely affect our harbor in the very near future. It is likely that decreasing depths will first jeopardize deep draft sailboats in slips at PYC, as well as boats near the shoreline. Besides the potential for grounding in slips there is a risk of hard-grounding against concrete anchors scattered throughout the harbor. If the situation becomes severe all boats might have to be removed from the harbor.
Your Board of Governors is committed to keeping you informed of water levels in the harbor. We will do our best to provide you with information about water levels at each dock as soon as we have that information available. It is important to note that depths will continue to go down as long as the Corps releases water from the lake. It is the responsibility of every individual PYC member to check on their own boat to insure that there is adequate water for it to navigate the harbor. Your Board of Governors will also make every effort to mark obstructions (e.g., cement dock anchors) as they become hazards. If you “find” any of these hazards yourself please contact a board member immediately so we can mark these.
Again, your Board of Governors will provide updates on this situation at regular intervals. Please regularly check PYCnews.com and your e-mail for these updates. And if you notice any substantive problems with water levels in our harbor please let us know by sending an e-mail to a Board Member. We will do our best to find and mark obstructions in the harbor created by this low water situation.
Thanks for your cooperation and help with this challenging situation.