For Immediate Release
March 10, 2011

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

KDHE To Conduct Public Meetings On Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will conduct public meetings in late March and April on the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards (KSQWS). The Clean Water Act requires states to periodically review their water quality standards.

To help identify key issues for this Triennial Review, KDHE enlisted the assistance of a focus group. The group consisted of 15 individuals representing government, agriculture, environmental, technical and industry who defined six key issues related to the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards.

KDHE staff has written White Papers on those six issues to provide background information as well as different options available to address the issues. It is anticipated the public will review these issues and provide comment on the manner these and any other water quality issues can be addressed in future modifications of the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards.

The key issues identified include:

Upon completion of the public meetings, KDHE will evaluate all comments received and begin modifications, if needed, of the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards utilizing the input received at the meetings. It is anticipated that modified Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards will be proposed by December. Modifications of the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards constitute changes in the Kansas Administrative Regulations, therefore, formal public hearings will be held to accept comment on any changes once they are proposed.

Copies of the White Papers, or the current Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards can be obtained by contacting Dianne Fender, Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420, Topeka, 66612, 785-296-5506 or by accessing the KDHE, Bureau of Water website at www.kdheks.gov/water.

Persons wishing to comment on the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards may provide comments at the public meetings or direct their comments to the attention of Dianne Fender. Due to the detailed nature of the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards, commenters may wish to provide written comments to accompany their oral comments at the public meetings; however written comments are not required.

Any individual with a disability may request accommodation in order to participate in the public meetings. Request for accommodation should be made at least five working days in advance of the meeting by contacting Dianne Fender.

The public meetings will be at the following dates, times, cities, and locations:

Date

Time

City

Location

March 31

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Manhattan

Kansas State University
Student Union - Little Theater 17th and Anderson
Manhattan, KS 66506


April 4

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Independence

Montgomery County Judicial Center
300 E. Main Street, Basement
Independence, KS 67301


April 12

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Overland Park

Johnson County Community College
Carlson Center, Seminar Room
12345 College Blvd. (College & Quivira)
Overland Park, KS 66210


April 13

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Wichita

Great Plains Nature Center
Coleman Auditorium
6232 E 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220


April 25

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Garden City

Finney County Administration Building
Carol Brown Conference Room
311 N. Ninth Street, Second Floor
Garden City, KS 67846


April 26

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Colby

Colby Community Building
Activity Room 1
285 E Fifth Street
Colby, KS 67701


April 27

 

7 to 10 p.m.

Hays

Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Expeditions Room
3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, KS 67601