For Immediate Release
June 3, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE helps create jobs by funding stormwater projects across Kansas

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act resources to support 15 projects in communities throughout the state

Communities in Kansas will benefit from the creation of new jobs, thanks to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) selection of 15 new projects to improve Kansas’ stormwater infrastructure.  The projects will be funded almost entirely through monies provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.  The 15 are in addition to 12 ARRA-funded wastewater collection and treatment projects announced on April 24.

“These 15 new projects will help create jobs, provide clean water infrastructure and protect water resources that serve communities throughout Kansas,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  “Were it not for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, it might have been many years before these necessary projects were created.” 

ARRA projects are required by Congress to be into construction by Feb. 17, 2010.

In April 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had awarded $35 million in ARRA funding to KDHE to improve wastewater infrastructure across the state. KDHE provided an additional $1 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to supplement ARRA efforts.  KDHE previously announced the selection of 12 projects totaling $29 million. Today’s announcement identifies the additional projects selected to utilize ARRA funds remaining, or about $7.7 million.

For the $7.7 million in remaining funding, KDHE solicited innovative and alternative project proposals that will provide water quality enhancements. The 15 green projects selected to receive this funding are:

City of Bonner Springs
Estimated project cost:  $127,095
This project will employ bio-engineered streambank stabilization to mitigate erosion along Spring Creek in a local park. 

City of Hays
Estimated project cost:  $120,000
This project will construct a hybrid detention and infiltration basin with native plantings for stormwater management along a major city street in Hays. 

City of Lenexa
Estimated project cost:  $1,073,430
This project implements green stormwater management through the bioengineering of a stream way, a constructed wetland, native vegetation plantings, and a water reuse irrigation system. 

City of Mission
Estimated project cost:  $400,000
This project will implement multiple on-site stormwater management practices that will promote bioretention, vegetated swales, and water harvesting and reuse.

City of Shawnee
Estimated project cost:  $469,125
This project will comprehensively employ bioswales, bioretention, rain gardens, and native vegetation to manage stormwater runoff. 

City of Wichita
Estimated project cost:  $1,993,000
This project will replace a traditional 60,000 square foot roof with a vegetated green roof and irrigation system.  The project will work in conjunction with a porous pavement parking lot being funded by the city.

Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Inc.
Estimated cost:  $46,400
This project will incorporate systematic stormwater management practices in a local park.  Practices will include an infiltration trench, bioretention, and a wetland swale. 

Glacial Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council, City of Holton
Estimated Cost: $164,684
The City of Holton project will stabilize an eroding urban stormwater drainageway and employ sustainable stormwater management techniques including native plantings, a bioretention cell and a community rain garden.

Glacial Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council, Delaware River
Estimated cost: $394,288
The Delaware River project will stabilize five eroding streambank sites along the River using bioengineering techniques.  The project will also restore adjacent riparian areas through direct tree seeding.  This will help reduce the amount of sedimentation in Perry Lake, a downstream water supply reservoir. 

Johnson County Community College
Estimated cost:  $867,413
This project will utilize comprehensive green technology in order to modify part of the campus that contains an extensive area of parking to more closely mimic natural hydrology.  The project includes constructed wetlands, rain gardens, bioswales, and infiltration basins, and native landscaping.  

Kansas State University, Center for Child Development
Estimated cost:  $454,700
This project will utilize porous pavement technologies, bioretention cells, and water harvesting and reuse to manage stormwater runoff on-site.

Kansas Water Office
Estimated cost:  $863,000
This project will rehabilitate and stabilize ten portions of the Neosho River utilizing bioengineering practices and restore riparian buffers adjacent to the stream restoration sites.  The project will help reduce sedimentation in John Redmond Reservoir, a public water supply reservoir.

Pottawatomie County
Estimated cost:  $475,000
This project will employ both streambank stabilization techniques as well as micro-scale rainwater harvesting and rain gardens in order to better manage stormwater runoff in a residential neighborhood. 

Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Estimated project cost:  $115,000
This project will fund stormwater infiltration practices including rain gardens and bioswales as a green component of a larger project aimed to eliminate combined sewer overflows throughout the Unified Government area. 

University of Kansas, West Campus
Estimated cost:  $170,000
This project will employ vegetated swales, bioretention cells, and native landscaping for on-site stormwater management with the primary goal of green stormwater management and preserved natural space. 

Cities, counties and development organizations across Kansas submitted 62 stormwater project proposals for funding consideration. The proposals were reviewed by staff of KDHE and other state agencies.  Projects were selected based on the green components included in the project, readiness to proceed, anticipated water quality benefits and other factors.