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Developing Leadership at the Watershed Community Level for Environmental Protection and Restoration
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 042176, 2004 ASAE Annual Meeting . @2004
Authors: J. M. Willingham, G. M. Powell, D. W. Kahl
Keywords: Watershed, watershed planning, watershed management, leadership, leadership training, applied leadership project, capstone course, water quality, water quality protection, water quality management, TMDL
The Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP) was developed in response to a need for leadership in communities to bring about protection and improvement in Kansas’s water quality. KELP teaches the latest in leadership theory and basic water environment knowledge so citizens can lead environmental change in their communities. Five 3-day sessions each in a different location are spaced over 10 months. Each session includes field trips, group activities, and speakers related to leadership, watersheds, surface and groundwater protection, and other water issues. An important aspect of the experiential learning atmosphere is participants' diverse backgrounds, experiences, ages, professions, interests, and attitudes toward water. To date, five classes with 107 graduates have been completed. Graduates are applying the principles learned in their communities, employment, families, and volunteer service in Kansas.