KDHE GRANTS HELP "CLEAN UP" MUNICIPAL DUMP SITES
Communities of Belmont, Manchester, Augusta, Larned and Bronson benefit from grants
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently awarded grants to help five Kansas communities clean up old or improperly closed city dumps.
- Belmont: Kingman County was awarded a grant of $20,825.39 to consolidate and cover a dump located north of Belmont in Eagle Township. Kingman County used county labor and equipment to compact and cover exposed waste. The project was successfully completed under budget for $12,671.53.
- Manchester Dickinson County was awarded a grant of $140,750.00 to complete the repairs to a dump west of Manchester. The dump is situated on a stream bank, between a road and dam for a small lake. A work plan and feasibility study was completed in 2006 for $10,096.00, which was also funded by the grant program.
- Augusta was awarded $27,390.00 for engineering fees to complete a feasibility study and design the repair of a dumpsite south of the city. The project is complicated due to the location of the dump along a steep riverbank. The construction phase is scheduled to take place in October 2007.
- Larned was awarded a grant of $68,760.00 to clean up a dump south of the city. Clean up efforts will begin this spring.
- Bronson was awarded $23,195.79to repair the soil cover for a city dump located southwest of the city. The property owner is providing soil from an on site pond to level the area. The City is providing the labor to repair and reseed the area.
The clean up process generally includes: Consolidating exposed waste and recycling metal waste, if economical; placing adequate soil cover material over the waste; contouring the cover material to blend in with the environment and prevent future erosion of the cover; and establishing native grass and plants suitable for wildlife habitat. KDHE visits the site approximately one year after completion of the project to ensure the repairs are performing as intended.
For more information about related waste issues such as recycling, composting, and disposal of hazardous waste, please visit the KDHE Web site at www.kdheks.gov.