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

Citation:  Pp. 516-524 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations: Proceedings of the March 11-13, 2002 Conference, (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)  701P0102.(doi:10.13031/2013.7605)
Authors:   W.L. Hargrove, D. Snethen, D. Buchholz, and D. Devlin
Keywords:   Fecal coliform bacteria, best management practices, watersheds, non-point source pollution

The state of Kansas has developed TMDLs in six major river basins of the state, encompassing about two-thirds of the area of the state. The primary contaminant in impaired streams is fecal coliform bacteria. The top ten priority sub-basins identified for TMDL implementation and in need of water quality restoration have been identified. The state of Kansas is taking a voluntary compliance approach to meeting TMDLs. The model is a proactive, multiagency, private/public partnership based on building public awareness; identifying sources of impairment; and demonstrating, promoting, and implementing BMPs through education and financial incentives. K-State Research and Extension is taking a lead role in the TMDL implementation process by delivering a comprehensive educational program including one-on-one education and technical assistance to local landowners. This is being accomplished through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the State Conservation Commission, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, USDA/NRCS, and a coalition of agricultural producer groups. The strategy includes: building capacity and awareness, assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Our goal is that by the year 2010, all farms and homes that are within one mile of an impaired, high priority stream and that need to implement some water quality improvement action, will have a water quality protection plan and will have implemented or committed to implement water quality improvement actions.

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