For Immediate Release
September 10, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Media Advisory: Kansas Water Quality Celebration

Tuesday, September 14

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and other local, state and federal agencies will celebrate the success of two Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) projects at the two following locations on September 14. All media are invited to attend.

Under the leadership of local organizations, these projects have restored water quality in water bodies that were previously impaired due to excessive amounts of pollutants entering the water bodies from the surrounding watershed.  Multiple partners and funding sources were utilized to achieve these accomplishments.

“Restoring water quality in our lakes and streams requires partnerships at all levels of government – local, state and federal,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary. “The Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) program provides a means to funnel state and federal resources to local stakeholders to develop and implement a watershed plan to guide restoration and protection efforts and achieve water quality goals.”

In 2005, a special WRAPS Fund was established with approximately $2 million made available annually through KDHE from EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant funds and State Water Plan Funds. Other local, state and federal resources are also used to support various components of a WRAPS, particularly implementation projects.

“The Clarks Creek and Banner Creek WRAPS projects demonstrate the kind of success that can be achieved in addressing nonpoint sources of pollution through a locally-driven, watershed oriented approach,” said Kerry Wedel, KDHE Watershed Management Chief.  “Local leadership is the key in bringing together multiple partners to assist landowners in implementing best management practices that reduce and control the amount of pollution entering our lakes and streams.”      

There are currently more than 35 active WRAPS projects taking place in Kansas.
For more information about Kansas WRAPS or for a list of projects in your area go to: www.kswraps.org  or call 785-296-4195.