Construction of the lake would require relocation of the Union Pacific and Rock Island Railroads, Highway 40 and Kansas Highway 10 and would essentially cause Rossville, Silver Lake, Valencia, Willard, Wamego, Wabaunsee, Maple Hill and St. Marys, among others, to be wiped off the map. While many residents of these areas and prominent people in Topeka were against the construction and practically forcing people off their land, it seemed more people were eager to have for the economic boom that could come from have a huge dam and lake nearby. The Kiro Dam was going to part of a series of dams that were to be built to control flooding on the Mississippi and construction on the first one, the Fort Peck Dam in Montana began and it was soon discovered that it would be the only major dam constructed in the Missouri River Basin.
Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City were all still on board with the Kiro Dam, mainly because it offered better protection to them without losing land. They also felt the Kiro Dam would cost less than building several tributary dams. But studies began showing that while Kiro would protect Topeka, Lawrence and KC other cities would remain vulnerable. A later study also showed that the protection offered by the dam would only be a fraction of the cost of construction and thus, not worth it.
|The Kiro Lake (outlined in blue) with the dam (in red). Click to enlarge.|
And who's Veeblefester to tell anyone they can no longer have burritos for lunch. I'll eat what I want, jackass.