Assessment and Restoration Section

Bob Jurgens, Section Chief
Phone: (785) 296-1914    Fax: (785) 296-4823

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
        Topeka, KS 66612-1367

The Assessment and Restoration Section is responsible for: tracking and clean-up at emergency spill response sites and assessing and restoring sites with natural resource damages, as well as performing assessments and/or corrective action at sites with actual or potential environmental contamination in the Superfund, Dry Cleaning, Natural Resources Damages, Brownfields, Orphan Sites, and Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Programs.

Environmental Laboratory Accreditation--TPH Analytical Method Update

KDHE has developed a KS Modified 8015 method in support of the new BER Policy # BER-RS-041 for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons.

  • Labs may request certification for the KS Modified 8015 method starting Nov 16th.
  • Labs currently certified by the state of Kansas must submit a Parameter Addition Form, SOP, and initial DOC.
  • Labs not currently certified in Kansas must submit a complete application packet which may require additional processing time.
  • Labs submitting a complete request by Dec 4, 2015, will be certified as a group for the KS Modified 8015 method on Jan 1st, 2016.
  • Applications received after the deadline may not be processed until after Jan 1st, 2016.
  • The published method and links to the application packets are available at KDHE's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation website.

Tonganoxie Methane Response (.pdf)
KDHE has completed a report summarizing an investigation into identifying the extent and source of methane gas found in soil in the Jackson Heights subdivision in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The methane has only been found in the soil and does not pose a risk to public health. Laboratory analytical results indicate the soil gas is consistent with methane gas formed through decay of organic matter in near-surface soils. The data collected by KDHE indicates that the gas found in the Jackson Heights subdivision is most likely from naturally decaying material found in the soil. KDHE has concluded response activities for the Tonganoxie Methane Response site.

Kansas Dry Cleaning Program Overview (.pdf)
This document describes the Kansas Dry Cleaning Program, enforcement of the Dry Cleaning Regulations, and describes actions taken at the Former Four Seasons Dry Cleaners Site in Wichita.

Kansas Spill Notification (.pdf)
Instructions to reporting spills to the Kansas Spill Response Program have been updated as of October 24, 2014.

Orphan Site Program Annual Report 2014 (.pdf)
This annual report describes the activities of the Orphan Sites Program.

Maggie Weiser, KDHE's Brownfields Program Coordinator Discusses the Kansas Brownfields Program

Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Manual (.pdf)
KDHE is happy to provide an updated Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program Manual. The new version is more user-friendly and is designed to better serve voluntary parties and other program participants.


Assessment and Restoration Section Staff Directory






Bob Jurgens

Section Chief


Jessica Willis

Senior Administrative Assistant


Ashley Christiansen

Administrative Assistant


Brownfields and Orphan Sites Unit

Gary Richards

Unit Manager


Stephanie Farve

Environmental Specialist


Moud Safadi

Environmental Specialist


Kaitlin Salley

State Brownfields Coordinator


Tiffini Wells

Environmental Specialist


Response and Remediation Unit

Joe Dom, P. G.

Unit Manager


Chris Hase

Environmental Scientist


John Jones

Environmental Scientist


Kevin Moon

Environmental Specialist


Kent Schierkolk

Environmental Scientist


Site Assessment Unit

Darryl Morgan, P. G.

Unit Manager


Jesse Branham

Environmental Associate


Joe Dornes

Environmental Associate


Nicholas Schneider

Environmental Scientist


Voluntary Cleanup Unit

Deanna Ross, P. G.

Unit Manager


Russ England

Environmental Scientist


Andrea Schiller

Environmental Specialist


Kelsee Wheeler

Environmental Specialist