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Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 332-340 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations–II Proceedings of the 8-12 November 2003 Conference (Albuquerque, New Mexico USA), Publication Date 8 November 2003.  .(doi:10.13031/2013.15579)
Authors:   R. W. Graber, M. L. Christian, R. L. Frisbie, H. C. George, W. L. Hargrove, and D. D. Buchholz
Keywords:   Fecal coliform bacteria, Best management practices, Non-point source pollution, Education, High priority watersheds

The state of Kansas has identified priority sub-basins needing TMDL implementation and water quality restoration. The primary contaminant in impaired streams is fecal coliform bacteria. The state of Kansas is taking a voluntary compliance approach to meeting TMDLs. K-State Research and Extension is providing a lead role in the TMDL implementation process by hiring seven Extension Watershed Specialists. These specialists are assigned to high priority TMDL watersheds in order to educate and motivate local citizens to take water quality restoration and protection actions.

-Watershed specialists provide general public information and education programs to raise local awareness. A variety of educational methods are utilized, including: -Public presentations to civic, business, conservation, environmental and agricultural groups
-Booths, exhibits, and materials for public events
-Newsletters, news releases, publications
-Meeting Water Quality Challenges video
-Local radio programs and television public service announcements
-Demonstrations, field days and tours
-Local workgroups
-Stream monitoring
-Individual farm assessments and consultations
-Accomplishments in public awareness/education are identified in terms of activities conducted.

Through environmental assessments and one-on-one education, management options are identified for each farm. Clientele are also connected with financial and technical assistance resources available through local conservation districts, NRCS and other organizations. This is a vital component of best management practice (BMP) implementation.

Partnerships with a variety of private and public organizations including major funding through an EPA 319 grant administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has made this project possible.

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