Increase the knowledge base about Kansas’ wetland systems through surveying, monitoring, research and assessment to establish wetland conditions, identify trends and the causes and sources affecting wetland change.
Wetlands have long been known to assist with water purification, not to mention the diversity in flora and fauna they provide. The current Wetland Program Plan (WPP 2013-2017) for Kansas was developed by a diverse group of state agencies, interest groups and Kansas citizens with assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help evaluate this natural resource.
The Conversion of farm ponds to wetlands grant is nearing completion. This grant evaluated hundreds of ponds in northeastern Kansas for the potential of conversion to wetland management schemes.
The Playa Lake Recharge grant was submitted to evaluate the infiltration rates of Playa Lake in Kansas. Data collected will be used in Water-Budget modeling to develop estimates of infiltration and potential recharge for a range of time scales and land uses.
The Development of Wetlands in Aging Reservoirs is looking at the upper ends of Federal Reservoirs in Kansas evaluating the possibility of managing these areas as wetlands. With one season worth of data collected there is a noticeable lack of aquatic vegetation.
The final grant is Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff which will begin sample collecting in the spring of this year. The ultimate goal of this grant is to build a model that will provide a template for constructed wetlands under varying conditions.
The Kansas Biological Survey developed a map of Playa Lakes in Kansas, which was partially funded through the Wetland Program Grant.
Wetland Program Plan for Kansas - The current Wetland Program Plan is set to expire at the end of CY 2017. The new plan is being developed, and will be eligible for approval by the EPA in 2018.
The projects are typically 24 month projects that are considered complete after a final report has been accepted. Conversion of farm ponds to wetlands is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017. The Playa Lake Recharge grant is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. The Development of Wetlands in Aging Reservoirs should be completed in the spring of 2018. The final grant Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff will be completed in the spring of 2019.
The Kansas Water Office has submitted grant applications to the EPA for funding of these projects. Grants range from $131,172 to $248,767 with quarterly reports used to document the progress of the grants.