For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Heideman, 785-296-4363
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will receive a check of $900,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to protect and restore water quality and supplies in the Marais des Cygnes river basin. Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.
The presentation ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, December 3 at Hillsdale Lake Shelter #1 (next to the marina) near Paola in Miami County. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Hillsdale Lake Army Corps of Engineers Visitors’ Office nearby.
Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE, Maj. Michael Fitzgerald, Deputy Commander of the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and EPA Regional Administrator John Askew will make remarks and take questions.
The Marais des Cygnes Basin includes the Marais des Cygnes, Marmaton, and Little Osage rivers that are vital resources to more than 125,000 residents in 13 counties throughout east-central Kansas (Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Coffey, Crawford, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Osage, and Wabaunsee), as well as four west-central Missouri counties (Barton, Bates, Cass, and Vernon). The basin encompasses 3,230 square miles in Kansas and 453 square miles in Missouri.
Note to reporters – driving directions: From Hwy. 169 in Miami County, exit at 255th street, turn right and travel about four miles, crossing the Hillsdale Lake Dam; take the first right to Shelter 1. The event will be held at the Corps Visitors Center on the east side of the dam in the event of inclement weather.