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

Citation:  Watershed Management to Meet Water Quality Standards and Emerging TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Proceedings of the Third Conference 5-9 March 2005 (Atlanta, Georgia USA) Publication Date 5 March 2005  701P0105.(doi:10.13031/2013.18074)
Authors:   D. L. Devlin, W. L. Hargrove, J. C. Leatherman, K. R. Mankin, and R. M. Wilson
Keywords:   Watershed planning, watershed restoration, TMDL, WRAPS

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) have been established for all 12 of Kansas major river basins. Kansas is now in the implementation stage of the TMDL process. Implementation of TMDLs in Kansas starts with the development of a Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan (WRAPS). The WRAPS will guide the implemention process within an individual watershed. The development of a WRAPS is designed to be locally-led with assistance from state and federal agencies. Local sponsors for development of a WRAPS have included county or watershed extension agents, local conservation districts, watershed organizations, and others. The final WRAPS document includes the following: 1) watershed description; 2) water quality conditions report and pollutant source inventory; 3) identification of stakeholders; 4) watershed modeling results and conclusions; 5) watershed goals; 6) strategies to meet watershed goals, and 7) methods of evaluating success. Numerous local meetings and tours are held to engage local people and get their input into watershed problems and priorities for implementation. WRAPS have been completed for Clinton Lake Watershed, Marais des Cygnes River Basin, Kanopolis Lake Watershed, and Fall River Watershed. Several other watersheds are in the process of completing a WRAPS. The Kansas WRAPS process has been an excellent process of engaging all stakeholders of a watershed in a collaborative process of identifying watershed restoration and protection needs, establishing management goals and selecting a cost effective plan to achieve the goals.

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