Watershed Statewide Projects


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Project Name Summary/Additional Information
Abatement of Fecal Coliform Bacteria Part 1 & 2 The objective of this project is to develop an alternative livestock water supply pond for 80 head of beef cows. Livestock will be excluded from an intermittent stream, which drains into a public water supply, and adjoining riparian area.
Agricultural Impacts on Small Watersheds For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov. 
Benefits and Design of Kansas Riparian Forest Buffers The goal of this project is to improve the filtering capacity of buffer strips. Project objectives are to increase the use of trees and shrubs in riparian buffers. Project outcomes include: 1. Reduced sediment, nutrients, and pesticides reaching surface water and 2.Reduced peak summer water temperatures in small (first order) perennial streams.
Clean Water Farms Implementation The objectives of this project was to develop an information and education program for producers and the Kansas Rural Center in implementing farming practices they were interested in. Water quality protection benefits of the practices were evaluated for eligibility and merit. A statewide advisory committee consisting of KSU, KRC, KDHE, KBS, private consultants etc. reviews proposals. They focused on producers within their cluster farm organizations (facilitated through a grant from the Kellogg Foundation). There will also be limited radio coverage and other media type activities. KRC will cooperate with Kansas Biological Survey to facilitate monitoring on selected farms for practice effectiveness.
Clean Water Farms Whole Farm Planning: A Priority Watershed Focus -Year 1 - 3 This project focuses on Category 1 watersheds identified in the KS Unified Watershed Assessment document, October 1998. Producers are encouraged to complete an assessment of water quality concerns and needs with financial considerations. The completed KS River Friendly Farmer Environmental Assessment (KRFFEA) will allow for producers to identify specific needs and apply for nonpoint source pollution control demonstration financial assistance. KSU watershed specialists and KSU staff assisting in the development of the assessment are among the Advisory Committee, which reviews the applications. KRC is also using all types of media to inform potential participants through radio, website, news releases and mail outs.
Development of Education Materials to Assist in the Formation of the Kansas Small Flows Assn. For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Development of NPS Loan Fund Agreement For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Ecological Livestock Pollution Control, Part 1 - 3 The objective of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of treating dairy waste with wetland cells and filter strips. The objectives include: installing cells and filter strips, monitoring cells and filter strips, assessing component treatment rates, interpreting results and publishing data.
Environmental Assessment & Critical Areas Identification & TA - Year 1 & 2 For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Evaluation of Lagoons for Containment of Waste in Western KS For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Expansion of Certified Crop Advisor Program in Kansas For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Farm*A*Syst Calibration and Demonstration For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Grazing Land Water Quality Educational Program Final Comprehensive Report Attachment 1 - Water Quality Financial Analysis and Resource Evaluation.

Attachment 2 - Understanding Grazingland and Water Quality.

Attachment 3 - Project Newsletters.

Attachment 4 - Professional Papers, Presentations and Posters.

Attachment 5 - Riparian Demonstration.

Attachment 6 - Gully Erosion.

Attachment 7 - Winter Feeding Demonstration.

Attachment 8 - Partner Roster.

Attachment 9 - Water Quality Protection Management Measures for Grazingland.

Attachment 10 - Aerial Photographic Interpretation.

Kansas Catalog of NPS Pollution Control Practices For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP), Class 1 - 3 The Kansas Environmental Leadership Program is designed to train classes of individuals (groups of 24 to 28) in the basic principles of water quality management and leadership. The purpose of the project is to develop the training curriculum and pilot test the curriculum with an initial class of accomplished leaders. Once the curriculum has been perfected, the project will be presented to two or three classes. As of July 12, 2001 the curriculum has been developed. In addition to the pilot class, two additional classes have been enrolled. The second class is now in progress and will be completed in October. Recruitment of the third class is now taking place.
Kansas Local Government WQ Planning Guide, Part 1 & 2 For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Kansas Student Water Monitoring (Swim)/StreamLink Watershed Education 1 & 2 StreamLink is a program of the Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance. This program historically focused on school-aged children (K-12) in the Kansas Lower Republican Basin. StreamLink is an educational program with an emphasis on watershed education and stream sampling. KDHE has provided a grant to StreamLink to broaden their network of "facilitators" to include a more statewide coverage. KDHE would like StreamLink to become the lead group regarding watershed education and stream team issues in the State.
Kansas Urban Water Quality Restoration and Protection Initiative (Planning Process Tech. Assistance, Education & Out Reach) Part 1 & 2 Kansas Urban Water Quality Restoration and Protection Initiative
Livestock Pollution Control Technical Assistance For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Local Wetland and Riparian Wetlands Alliances - Part 1 & 2.
Final Report
This project provides financial assistance to the Kansas Wetland and Riparian Areas Alliance to establish local wetland and riparian areas chapters. Members of local chapters identify wetland and riparian areas in the local area that need protection and restoration. Chapter members work with the owners of these areas to secure financial and technical assistance to implement restoration and protection areas. Wetlands and well-managed riparian areas provide important water quality benefits to Kansas'' water resources. This is the second year of a three-year project. Project objectives include: 1. Assemble wetland/riparian work groups consisting of local individuals and organizations to plan a one-day chapter kickoff workshop 2. Conduct one-day workshops consisting of presentations and a field tour; 3. Hold follow-up meetings to organize a local chapter; 4. Solicit applications for water quality protection activities associated with wetland and riparian area management.
Locally Led Core Conservation Watershed Project This project will facilitate information and education core conservation practices (conservation tillage, pest and nutrient management and buffer strips), which protect water quality to producers in priority watersheds. Watersheds where KDHE EPA 319 funded projects exist will be a focus with an emphasis on public water supplies and where assessments have occurred. Workshops, tours, radio programming, news articles etc. will be used to disseminate information. Activities will also be incorporated which gathers information as to the level of knowledge of water quality protection among producers. Rainfall simulators will be built as well as a website. The main objective is the accelerated adoption of core conservation practices.
No-Till Farming to Protect Ground and Surface Water For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
NPS Region VII Conference For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Participatory Farms Water Quality monitoring to Achieve TMDL Goals Dr. Janke with KSU proposed the project in 1999. The project intends to develop standardized water testing protocols to be used on-farm to help producers monitor problem areas on their farms. Dr. Janke has distributed field test kits to five farm families and is tracking their use and precision of data collected. Correspondence regarding this project has been limited and we are still waiting on a final Quality Assurance Project Plan. Some limited information has been provided in the quarterly reports recently submitted; however there appears to be some change in project goals and objective.
Performance Evaluation of Vegetative Filter Strip Systems Below Livestock Confinement Areas For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshops For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Pure Water Kansas For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Quality & Quantity of Suspended Material in Kansas Rivers: Demonstrating the Influence of Management Practices, Part 1& 2 For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Reclamation of Abandoned Livestock Production Sites Part 1&2 For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Riparian Buffer Strip Width Demonstration For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Row Crop Pollution Control Demonstration For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Sustainable Ag Training For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Validation of Clean Water Farms Management Techniques For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.
Water Quality Improvements of Vegetated Riparian Areas The goal of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of riparian buffers in Kansas for improving water quality. Project objectives include: 1. Evaluate the effectiveness of riparian buffers in improving water quality; 2. Demonstrate to agricultural producers and agency personnel the role of riparian buffers in enhancing water quality; 3. Educate landowners and citizens about the function and value of riparian buffers. 
Water Quality Profit Optimization, Part 1-3 The water quality profit optimization project was established to develop a means of assessing the water pollution potential of various crop production and tillage systems and the impact on producer profitability of various cropping and tillage systems. The resulting education bulletins are designed to help farmers select crop production systems that minimize water pollution potential while maintaining or enhancing profitability.
Watershed Dairy Environmental Cooperative, Part 1 & 2 Project Summary and Final Report Part 1 & 2 The goal of this project is to reduce manure and effluent nutrients leaving farmsteads and manage controlled nutrients with cropping practices. Project objectives include: 1. Develop and install demonstration systems for storage of dairy manure and effluent to reduce nutrient, fecal coliform and sediment runoff. 2. Develop and deliver educational programs for dairy farmers to assist in implementing Best Management Practices for on-farm utilization of stored nutrients in lagoons or solid storage basins. 3. Develop local environmental cooperatives for dairy farmers to design waste management systems and facilitate waste management.
Water Quality Protection Model Demonstration Project for Public Educational Entities, in East 1/3 of Kansas For information contact Watershed Management Section 785-296-4195 or nps@kdheks.gov.