Northwest District Office


Dan Wells, Northwest District Environmental Administrator
2301 E. 13th Street
Hays, Kansas 67601-2651
Phone: (785) 625-5663
FAX: (785) 625-4005
NWDOAdmin@kdheks.gov

Map to Northwest District Office

Directions to the NW District Office
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 Northwest District Units: Forms and Information
Air Compliance
Air Compliance
  Remediation
Remediation
  Water Supply and Wastewater
Water Supply and Wastewater

Livestock Waste Management
Livestock Waste Management
  Waste Management
Waste Management
  Watershed Management
Watershed Management

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Northwest District Map |
Additional Resources

Preparing and Surviving Inspections (.ppt)

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Request for Information Form (.pdf)

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Spill Reporting
Spill Reporting

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Reporting Fish Kills
Reporting Fishkills

 


The Northwest District Office (NWDO) consists of 10 environmental and administrative staff that conducts facility inspections, provides technical support to the public on the many environmental programs within KDHE, respond to emergency releases, and conduct fishkill investigations. Twenty-one (21) counties encompassing 19,606 square miles are served by the NWDO. According to the 2000 Census, these 21 counties have a population of 101,122. There are 5 major river basins within the NWD boundaries that have 5,560 miles of streams and 109 square miles of lakes and wetlands. Northwest Kansas is primarily rural with an average rainfall of 20" per year. The High Plains Aquifer underlies the western 2/3 of the district and is a vital source of water for human and animal consumption and irrigation.


Northwest District Units

Air ComplianceAir Compliance

Larissa Parker, (785) 625-5663

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of sources of air pollution. This unit is also responsible for the issuance of open burning exemptions and investigating complaints associated with ambient air contaminants.



Livestock Waste Management UnitLivestock Waste Management

Doug Armstrong, (785) 625-5663
Dan Braun

This unit’s primary responsibility is the inspection of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) and the investigation of complaints associated with this type of activity. Personnel within this unit also provide a great deal of technical and compliance assistance during on-site visits allowing facilities to move toward or remain within compliance of existing regulations.



Remediation UnitRemediation

William Heimann, (785) 625-5663
Darrell Shippy

This unit is responsible for conducting compliance inspections at facilities containing underground storage tanks (UST), conducting subsurface assessments for the removal of USTs, responding to spills/releases of regulated substances, project management of contaminated sites, and complaint investigations.



Waste Management UnitWaste Management

Karen Schmidt, (785) 625-5663

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of permitted solid waste facilities, hazardous waste generators, and hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facilities. This unit also bears the responsibility of investigating complaints associated with solid or hazardous waste management



Water Supply and Wastewater UnitWater Supply and Wastewater

Norb Windholz, (785) 625-5663

District Staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of public water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities (NPDES), provide technical assistance to owners/operators of PWS and wastewater systems, responds and investigates sewage bypasses and fishkills, collect water samples from PWS and wastewater systems for compliance monitoring, attend and participate in various meetings with city and county officials, local health departments, and the general public, and assist in the training of Certified Operators.



Watershed Management UnitWatershed Management

Doug Schneweis, (785) 625-5663

The Northeast District, Northwest District, and South Central District each contain a Watershed Field Coordinator position that is responsible for providing support in the development and administration of the Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP), providing support and project management duties of nonpoint source demonstration projects including Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS), and construction site stormwater complaint investigations.