For Immediate Release
August 24, 2011

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

Kansas Receives High Scores for Watershed Management Plan

EPA identifies the Tuttle WRAPS plan as one of the best plans in the nation

Topeka—Kansas’ plan for its Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) at the Lower Big Blue/Lower Little Blue (LBB/LLB) River watershed is considered one of the best plans of its kind in the nation, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Watershed Management Section was responsible for developing a plan to divert phosphorus, total suspended solids and atrazine away from Tuttle Creek Lake, the flood control reservoir in Kansas to which the transboundary LBB/LLB watershed drains.

The watershed starts in Nebraska and drains into Tuttle Creek Lake in Riley and Pottawatomie Counties. While the plan only addresses the Kansas portion of the watershed, the EPA commented that it was overall an excellent watershed-based plan.

“The watershed planning process is an important step in watershed management with the end goal being achievement of water quality standards for high priority water bodies,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, MD. “This plan is a perfect example of how national program requirements aimed at protecting and restoring waters of Kansas can be achieved, while balancing the needs and interests of the local citizens in which the plan is intended to serve.”

A Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy is a planning and management framework intended to engage stakeholders in a process to:

Go to www.kswraps.org to see if there is a WRAPS project in your area or call KDHE’s Watershed Management Section at 785-296-4195.

To learn more about the Tuttle Creek WRAPS plan, see attached document.