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November 17, 2010

Woah! A possibility of snow later today. The moisture is welcome, although shoveling sidewalks and driveways does get old. Since the ground is still warm, maybe it will melt quickly.

As you know I'm retiring in December. My Department is holding a small reception on Dec. 1 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Seaton Hall, room 133. If you happen to be in the area, do stop by and say hello. I'm told there will be cake!

Nominations for KELP Class 11 are needed!! Please send me the names and contact information (at least an email address). I'll do the rest.
Yes, Virginia, there will be a KELP Class 11, although the first session will NOT be held in January. Session One will be in Topeka, March 9-11, 2011.

Now for the items of interest:

1.) Barb Johnson ('07) sends this announcement of a webinar on how to properly dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines. A Better Place for Pharmacy Waste will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. CST. To attend, register by going to www.sbeap.org (look in the gold box). Please feel free to forward this information on to others, as well as post or distribute the attached flyer. If you have questions, contact Ryan Hamel at rhamel@ksu.edu or Barb Johnson at barblj@ksu.edu or call us at 800-578-8898. Presented by the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute.

2.) Registration is open for the 2011 Public Issues Facilitation Workshop that will take place January 10-12 on the K-State campus in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas. This training will equip participants to organize, facilitate, and assess community forums on issues critical to local communities. During the three-day training session, participants will develop skills necessary to serve an important role in the future direction of their communities.

You can learn more about the workshop at this website: http://icdd.k-state.edu/facoverview. Registration is available online.

That's it for now. Dress warmly,


November 11, 2010

Hello KELPers,
  After today true fall weather will descend with cooler temps and some welcome rainfall.  Time to cover the rain barrel, or put it upside down.  Love, love, love that rain barrel and I don't want it to be damaged with freezing water!!

  It's official, I (Judy) am retiring.  It's true. My official last day is Dec. 11, 2010.  Not to reveal my age, but I AM eligible for Social Security.  My ksu.edu email address will still be valid after I retire, so we can keep in touch.  At present my plans for retirement include spending more time with the grandchildren in Colorado, reading a lot of murder mysteries and making jewelry.  Not to mention, there are several gardening projects and furniture restorations to do as well.  It will not be a leisurely retirement!

The search is on for the next KELP coordinator, so please share this information.  Here is a link to the job announcement on the KSU website: <http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabid=31>
   - or - you can plug this address into your browser:   http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/jobs    Scroll down to "B.S. Degree Required" for the details.

In the meantime, recruitment for KELP 2011 Class continues.  Please send me your nominees' names and contact information (at lease an email address), and I'll take it from there. The schedule for 2011 is being adjusted to begin with the March session.  The new coordinator will need a little time to get situated!

That's it for now.  Don't be shy with those nominees,


October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween KELPers,
  I attended the Water and the Future of Kansas Conference yesterday (Oct. 26).  It was quite excellent.  Much good information to be had, although the picture of finances for the State was not very rosy.  At least we have an idea of budget limitations now and probably yet to come.  (There was a reason for that sales tax increase!!)  It was a good opportunity to promote KELP and recruit for the 2011 class.

  That reminds me!  I would appreciate your nominations for the next KELP class.  Thank you to those who have already sent in nominations!  Please send me the individual's name and contact information - at least an email address.  I'll respond quickly and notify them of the nomination, and provide information about the class.  We really need to field a class of at least 15 individuals for 2011!

I'm searching for scholarship funds at this writing, so if you have suggestions in that area, pass them on to me.

Items of interest:
1.)  Angela Beavers ('08) sends a link to YouTube that talks about the de-listing of Clark's Creek.  The WRAPS for that watershed receives recognition for their success.  Congratulations Angela!!  Here's the link: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmd6IX9yKo8>

2.)  There are some spaces left in the Environmental Conflict Resolution workshop to be held Nov. 11, 2010 in Lawrence at the Holiday Inn Express.  Fee is $95.00.  To register contact Jean Isaac at <jisaac@bethelks.edu>

3.)  The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education conference is coming up fast!  It will be held at the Salina Ramada Inn.  Deadline for early bird registration is this Friday (Oct. 31).  Details and registration online at www.kacee.org.

That's it for now.  More later,


October 4, 2010

  It's fall and the weather is wonderful - lower humidity and temperatures, with sunny skies and light breezes.  I put up my Halloween decorations, so I'm ready for the trick-or-treaters!  I always think of the Neewollah celebration in Independence at this time.  That museum in Independence is a real jewel too.

Please remember to send me your nominations for the next KELP class in 2011.  I need the name and at least an email address - I'll take care of the rest!

  Some announcements of interest:
1.)  Register now to attend the 27th Annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference on October 26 in Topeka, Kansas. “Sustainable Water Resource Management: Assuring the Future” is the theme for this year’s conference, which will be held in the Maner Conference Center of the Capitol Plaza Hotel. 

The conference registration fee is $65. A special $25 fee is available for students. Detailed conference information and online registration are available at <www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/waterfuture>   Early registration deadline is October 12.

2.)  The H2E/ASHE Region 8 Fall Extravaganza, October 7, 2010, at the Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas is 
FREE to all HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL, but you must pre-register ASAP!  Go to <http://www.kcahe.org/FallExtravaganza.html> and register now.
   Questions?  email Nancy Larson at <nlarson@ksu.edu>

3.)Registration is now open for this year's Kansas Environmental Education Conference on November 5 - 6 in Salina. Early Bird registration ends Friday, October 22, 2010.  Featured are a great line-up of presenters, field experiences, and networking opportunities planned, so register now and save $20! 

For more information, to download registration form or to register online visit www.kacee.org.

Class 10 meets this week in Halstead and Wichita for their final session.  It promises to be a good time!


September 27, 2010

  The weather this coming week is supposed to be marvelous!  An excellent time to plant trees and shrubs and just enjoy being outdoors.  Soon the temps will drop and we'll be shoveling snow - why can't fall last longer?

  Here are some items of interest:

1.)  Job opportunity.  Anderson County is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Planning & Zoning Director and County Sanitarian.  Apply now - deadline is Oct. 1, 2010. (details below)

2.)Environmental Conflicts Workshop - Great Plains Consensus Council is offering another chance to attend in Lawrence on November 11, 2010.  Fee is $95.  Register by contacting Jean Isaac, Administrative Assistant;  call 316-284-5217, or e-mail jisaac@bethelks.edu

3.) Kansas Water Office’s quarterly electronic publication, The WaterFront. This newsletter was developed to provide water issue information to the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) and Basin Advisory Committee (BAC) members.  For the latest issue and previous newsletters, please visit the Kansas Water Office website, www.kwo.org.

4.) Lisa Cox ('06) is moving to Portland OR. Her new address is unknown, but you can still connect through facebook and LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/lisarcox or email at lisarcox@hotmail.com.  She will be job-hunting, so don't forget those KELP networks.  Best of everything in your new location, Lisa.

 I'll see Class 10 in Halstead and Wichita Oct. 6-8!!!

1.) Director reports to Board of County Commissioners and maintains, manages, administers and updates Comprehensive and Land Use Plans.  Director also works with the Planning Commission Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals regularly regarding all land use regulations.  Director is responsible for county zoning regulations, floodplain regulations, subdivision regulations and sanitation codes.  Director is also responsible for all sanitation permits and inspections and works with installers and septic haulers and enforces county sanitation code.

A bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field is encouraged plus three years related experience.  Applicant must have some computer skills and able to work in the field in various conditions.

Starting salary and benefits for full-time position are negotiable based upon experience and qualifications.  Submit applications or resumes to Anderson County Planning Office at 409 S. Oak St., Garnett, Kansas 66032 through October 1, 2010.


September 14, 2010

  Just back from the new grandbaby in Colorado.  She is a cutie (of course!) and it was hard to say good bye.  It was also hard to leave the cooler weather, but I have to say the low humidity does a number on my skin, so it IS good to be back in Kansas and moister conditions.

  I'm taking nominations for the 2011 KELP class.  You know what good things come from participating in KELP, so please send me your nominee's name and contact information.  I'll do the rest!

Here are some items of interest, with details below:

1.)   Ag producers may be interested in this webinar

Friday, September 24, 2010   11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central Daylight Time
Contracting Matters: A Discussion of Key Legal Considerations in Biomass Production, Harvesting, and Storage Contracts
Presented by Joe R. Thompson—Stoel Rives LLP; Minneapolis, MN

2.) The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is initiating National Take-Back Day, Sat., Sept. 25, 2010, as an opportunity for the public to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals. Nancy Larson at the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute is actively trying to get more Kansas collection locations registered. You can find drop off locations at the website in the next paragraph. The text below summarizes the project and can be used to get the word out. If anyone wants a template of a flyer that can be used (in publisher software), please contact Barb Johnson at barblj@ksu.edu. Enjoy the milder temperatures and cool nights... I certainly do!Judy ********----------************-----------*********-------------

Cellulosic Biofuels Web Seminar Series 2010—Seminar 5
Friday, September 24, 2010
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central Daylight Time
Contracting Matters: A Discussion of Key Legal Considerations in Biomass Production, Harvesting, and Storage Contracts
Presented by Joe R. Thompson—Stoel Rives LLP; Minneapolis, MN

Joe is a partner with the Stoel Rives law firm in Minneapolis, MN. Joe practices in the areas of agricultural business and renewable energy law. Joe has represented farmer cooperatives, and other entities in the development of soybean crush facilities, biodiesel plants, ethanol production facilities, community wind projects and in the acquisition and operation of grain handling and livestock facilities.

Stoel Rives is a full service law firm that provides legal services to clients throughout the United States. The firm is regarded as a leader in corporate, environmental, energy, natural resources, and renewable energy law.

Webinar Series Purpose
Cellulosic ethanol production is an emerging industry. Production practices, materials and business methods are expected to be different from those currently used in agriculture. This webinar series is intended to provide interested individuals with an overview of the ethanol industry and the anticipated needs, from production, agronomic, and contractual perspectives for supplying cellulosic materials to a biofuel plant. This webinar series is presented by National eXtension and the High Plains Extension Energy Team.

Cellulosic Biofuels Web Seminar Series 2010
State of the Industry: Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol
March 26, 2010. Presenter: Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board

Economics of Cellulosic Biofuels
April 30, 2010. Presenter: Dr. Robert Wisner – Iowa State University (retired)

Cellulosic Biofuel Logistics
May 28, 2010. Presenter: Dr. John Cundiff, Virginia Tech University; discussion of issues associated with biomass production and delivery

Agronomic Impacts of Cellulosic Material Harvest
Corn Stover Feedstock Logistics
June 25, 2010. Presenter: Dr. Greg Roth, Penn State University

Regional Feedstock Supply Opportunity
June 25, 2010. Presenter: Bob McGrath, FSA; study with Imperial, NE, Young Farmers & Ranchers

Contracting Matters: A Discussion of Key Legal Considerations in Biomass Production, Harvesting, and Storage Contracts
Joe R. Thompson, Stoel Rives LLP

Rural Community Infrastructure

View the archives of previous seminars: http://www.extension.org/ag%20energy

How to Connect:
Start connecting 5 minutes prior to the start time. You need a computer with Internet access and speakers. At the meeting time, copy and paste this URL into your browser to enter the meeting:

At that URL you will find a login page. “Enter as a Guest” with your name, and business or institution and click “Enter Room.” The audio portion of the meeting will be come through your computer speakers.

Anytime before the meeting you can visit this URL to confirm your ability to connect.

2.)  The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is initiating National Take-Back Day, Sat., Sept. 25, 2010, as an opportunity for the public to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications, prescription or over-the-counter. Kansas has several collection sites. To learn more about this initiative and search for other collection locations, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/. Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often originating from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of unused medications and resort to flushing them down the toilet. The chemicals in them can then pass through the wastewater treatment plant and be discharged into rivers, frequently the drinking water source of communities downstream. Please feel free to forward this information on to others. Additional information on pharmaceutical waste in Kansas is available at www.kdheks.gov/waste/techguide/sw07-01.pdf.


September 4, 2010

 Finally, a break in the weather; it's perfect for being outdoors.  I hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend.  My special news is that my newest grandbaby was born at 12:05 a.m. Sept. 4.  Her name is Aisley Rayne and she weighed 6# 6oz.  We will be making the trip to Colorado to make her acquaintance and help Mom with meals and little brother activities. 

 Can you believe it!!  It's that time of the year again when we ask you for nominations for the next KELP class.  Here is the 2011 schedule:
Session 1  Jan 5-7, 2011               Hays
Session 2  Mar 9-11, 2011            Topeka     
Session 3  May 18-20,2011          Garden City (Newton too)
Session 4  Aug 17-19, 2011          Independence/Ft. Scott
Session 5  Oct 5-7, 2011               Hutchinson/Wichita

Tuition is $950 and covers costs for lodging, meals materials, field trips... participants need to have the time off from work and be able to get themselves to and from each session.  CEUs/PDHs and academic credit options are available.

All you need to do is email me your nominees name and contact information/email address.  I'll take care of the rest and contact them with information about KELP. 

All the best,


August 23, 2010

 Classes have started on campus and things are very busy.  No doubt you see the same thing in your families as the kids and grandkids head off to school and football schedules are perused.  Fall is just around the corner and the cooler temps are welcome after the last few weeks.

 Here are some items of interest :
1.)  After 10 years, Hank Ernst ('99 - Pilot class) is retiring from the Kansas Water Office on August 31st.  Best wishes in your new career, Hank - RETIREMENT!!
A card or note to Hank will be welcome.  Please provide well wishes by August 26^th to Diane Coe at Diane.Coe@kwo.ks.gov <mailto:Diane.Coe@kwo.ks.gov> or 901 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612.

2.)  Mary Fund ('99 - Pilot class) shares that the Kansas Rural Center is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Weldon Sleight on rural development and how to engage the next generation in farming, ranching and rural communities at a special presentation during our summer board meeting August 28.  For more info, contact Mary at *785-873-3431 or <ksrc@rainbowtel.net <mailto:ksrc@rainbowtel.net>>* ; website <http://www.kansasruralcenter.org/>

3.)  Sandy Koontz ('01) points out two events coming in September:

September 10, 8 AM - No Till on the Plains Whirlwind Expo - Emporia KS - <www.notill.org>

September 23, 5 PM - Grazing Management Field Day-Connell Farms, El Dorado - contact Sandy Koontz <Sandy.Koontz@ks.nacdnet.net> for more information.

I have one last bit of personal information to share - my newest grandchild is coming soon... like Sept. 3.  I'll be on baby watch for the next two weeks and will be making a trip to Colorado to welcome the little one when she arrives.

Judy (Mamaw to my grandkids)


August 18, 2010

Hello KELPers,
I must tell you that Class 10 had the hottest time on the river in SE KS - local temperature was 108! What troopers - they even claimed to have had fun, and we have photos of some big fish. The welcome rains and cooler weather are a relief, and gives all a nice break before the next round of 90-degree weather. Classes start on campus next week and parking will become much more difficult to find!!

Constance Buckner ('08) sent this notice: The updated Final Draft FFY 2010 KWPCRF Intended Use Plan is now available. A public hearing to discuss the IUP will be held: Tuesday, *August 31*, 2010 at *10:00am*
Azure Room, 4^th Floor, Curtis State Office Buildingckson; Topeka, KS

In addition to the IUP, the proposed process for funding nonpoint source pollution control projects intended to satisfy Green Project Reserve requirements will be discussed (see Exhibit 5 of attached document, pages 52 and 53).

Comments on the Intended Use Plan are welcome and requested. Any questions should be directed by e-mail to rgeisler@kdheks.gov or by regular mail to Rodney R. Geisler, P.E., Chief, Municipal Programs Section, Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Suite 420, Curtis Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1367.

**Here's another opportunity to participate in a national environmental leadership program. I was in the third EPHLI cohort, and stole a lot for KELP!! CDC will provide all books and course materials and pay approved travel and per diem costs associated with participation in the institute. So you will only have to get time off from work to attend. There is a capstone project, which can/should be something associated with your work. Applications are due by Oct. 31. Check it out below!
Stay cool,

Applications will be accepted for the seventh cohort of CDC’s _Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI)_ <http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/ephli> from August 15, 2010, to October 31, 2010.

Please help CDC inform the environmental public health workforce of this leadership development opportunity and help us encourage interested individuals to apply. EPHLI application instructions and information is available at <_http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/ephli/application.htm>_

A short EPHLI announcement is attached for your use. Feel free to distribute this announcement through your organization’s communication channels. The background information provided below can also be distributed or used to develop a more-detailed message for release to your members and colleagues. Your support of CDC’s effort to strengthen environmental public health is greatly appreciated.

*EPHLI Background *

In December 2003, CDC convened a group of emerging leaders in environmental public health to discuss workforce issues. This group recommended that CDC develop and support a national leadership development program for environmental public health professionals. In response to this recommendation and several Institute of Medicine reports (/The Future of Public Health: Who Will Keep the Public Healthy?; The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21//^st // Century/) that identified the need to develop leaders in public health, CDC created EPHLI. This leadership development program was launched in 2005 and has helped to develop more than 180 environmental public health leaders.

EPHLI identifies, trains, and assists in the development of environmental public health leaders. Each year, the institute enhances the leadership and problem-solving skills of approximately 30 environmental public health practitioners. With these enhanced skills, practitioners are better able to anticipate, recognize, and respond to environmental health threats.


· Visit our Web site (_<http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/ephli>_).

· Contact Maggie Byrne by e-mail at <_MByrne@cdc.gov>_ <mailto:MByrne@cdc.gov> (telephone: 770.488.0614).

· Contact CAPT John Sarisky at _<JSarisky@cdc.gov_ <mailto:JSarisky@cdc.gov>> (telephone: 770.488.4131).


August 10, 2010

Is everyone melting?? I just returned from the mountains and as we came east on I-70, we watched the temperature climb. At Hays the reading was 104, and we just quit watching. KELP Class 10 will be wading in the Elk River on Thursday, so it will be an opportunity to splash a bit. Class 10 - REMEMBER to bring your water bottles!

It is with sadness that I share this: Ron Allen ('03), died after a brief bout with cancer on July 4, 2010. He was the main force behind the 450-acre HorseThief Reservoir, west of Jetmore in Hodgeman County. He served as Manager of the Pawnee Joint Watershed District No. 81. Those in Class 4 will recall his good humor and enthusiasm. He will be missed.

Sheryl Ervine ('05) is announcing a job opening at the KDHE Watershed Managment Section. See more information below. The full posting can be viewed at: http://www.da.ks.gov/ps/pub/reqinfo.asp?id=166451

That's it for now,

Here’s the short description:
K0220608 Environmental Scientist I in the Bureau of Water.

Develops and manages information and education activities such as preparing media including brochures, website management, fact sheets, reports, workshops, seminars, and conference planning. Plans, organizes, administers and provides technical assistance to the Targeted Watershed Grant, WRAPS Program, Local Environmental Protection Program, and Source Water Protection Planning Program. Give water quality improvement/management presentations to a variety of audiences. Identify I & E goals and objectives and select appropriate implementation strategies. Speak to public and professional groups concerning environmental decisions and objectives identified in goals. Develop, distribute and evaluate surveys designed to gather information on the effectiveness and public perception of the Watershed Management Programs. Responsible for the development and implementation of a statewide public relations strategy for the NPS pollution prevention program based in part on the assessment results. Assist with water celebrations and other special events. Maintain and update the Watershed Management Section and WRAPS websites. Provides management, oversight and technical assistance to the 319 funded Clean Water Neighbor Grant Program and manages water quality information and education related 319 grants as well as other related contracts. Performs evaluations in cooperation with other professional staff and completes planning and problem-solving duties in cooperation with environmental projects involved with water quality management. Monitor project performance reports, provide I & E technical assistance, work with project sponsor to correct identified performance deficiencies, prepare project status reports to submit to funding agencies, visit project sites to establish and maintain relationships with project sponsors, annual report review, and expenditure report review to authorize payments.

A complete position description can be e-mailed upon request.

*Minimum Requirements:*

Bachelors degree in environmental, agricultural or natural sciences/resources. A Bachelors degree in a preferred area of study (Biology, Education, Communication, Marketing, Media, Journalism, Public Relations or related field of study) and 4 years of relevant experience may be substituted for the required education.


July 27, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 July is nearly gone, so the heat of summer will be with us for a while.  Class 10 will be wading in the water on Aug. 12 - what a good time to be getting wet!  The Class will first meet in Newton for the Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop, then go on to Independence.
Let me remind you that the workshop is open to others and at this time, there are a few openings left.  I'll put the information below and please share it with others who may find themselves in conflict situations. Register soon before we are out of space!!

BTW, my tomatoes have finally started producing and they are delicious.  I'm sharing the bounty!

*Take a Day for Leadership :*

*Environmental Conflict Resolution Workshop **on **August 11, 2010**, from **10:00 a.m.** to **4:00 p.m.***

*Location: *Great Plains Consensus Council - Kauffman House

2515 College Avenue; Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas**

*Find out how to turn conflicts into agreeable solutions.  Learn the principles behind the tools used by professional mediators to reach resolution.  This workshop will help you deal with conflicts at work, home, and school.*

* Presenters:  *Gary Flory and Ken Grotewiel will lead the workshop.  Gary is the Director of KIPCOR and has extensive experience with facilitation and negotiation in many settings.  Ken knows much about government, having served as a representative to the Kansas legislature and more recently with the Kansas Water Office.  Both are passionate about helping people deal with conflict in a positive way.**

*Cost is $75.00 (lunch and materials provided).*

* Register:  *contact Judy Willingham, KELP Coordinator at (785) 532-5831 or email at kelp@ksu.edu


July 19, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 I have to share a "turtle & the tomato" story.  I was out in the garden checking for ripening tomatoes... which are still pretty few.  There are a number of ornate box turtles who share the garden space and they DO like tomatoes!  As I am crouching on the ground to scan the plants for tomatoes, I see a turtle.  She is literally climbing up the stem of the plant.  I mean ALL feet are off the ground and she is balancing on the stem.  Her eyes are on a half-ripe tomato and she stretches out her neck to juuuuust reach the bottom of the fruit, and she grabs a bite.    Now you HAVE to admire such tenacity.  I "helped" her down, picked the tomato, and cut it into wedges, for by this time, several more turtles had gathered and were practically salivating.  Yup.  Gotta' love those little terrapins.

Here are some items of interest, with details below:
1.)  Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop on Aug. 11 held at Bethel College in Newton.  Limited space, so register soon.
2.)  Paul Ingle ('02) offers a reminder of the upcoming July 29-30 Stream Assessment Workshop to be held in Lyon County.  Call Paul at 785-640-2645 or email him <paul.ingle@cox.ned>  Only a few spaces left.
3.)  Hospitalizations for three common waterborne diseases cost the health care system as much as $539 million annually, according to research presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Article below)

Stay cool everyone and remember to share your tomatoes!

1.)  The Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop is coming up Aug. 11 in Newton on Bethel College campus.  The fee is $75 and includes lunch and materials.  Gary Flory and Ken Grotewiel will lead the workshop.  Gary is the Director of KIPCOR and has extensive experience with facilitation and negotiation in many settings.  Ken knows much about government, having served as a representative to the Kansas legislature and more recently with the Kansas Water Office.  Both are passionate about teaching how to deal with conflict in a positive way.

There are limited spaces available, so register very soon by emailing your intent to register to <kelp@ksu.edu> or reply to this Heads-up.  For more information, go to the home page of the KELP website <http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/kelp> and download the flier.
2.) REMINDER that the Stream Assessment Workshop, scheduled for July 29-30, is still available with only a few slots left.  If you are a natural resource professional, this is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of stream processes and expand your ability to conduct assessments and advise on appropriate BMPs for stream problems.

The fee is $200 and includes lodging, meals, refreshments & materials.  The workshop will be at the Hideout Hunting Lodge in Lyon County (20 miles north of Emporia).  Workshop pre-registration or questions can be addressed to Paul Ingle at 785-640-2645 or paul.ingle@cox.net.
3.)*Waterborne diseases could cost over $500 million annually in U.S.*
14.jul.10     CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100714.htm?s_cid=mediarel_r100714

Hospitalizations for three common waterborne diseases cost the health care system as much as $539 million annually, according to research presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
"These cost data highlight that water-related diseases pose not only a physical burden to the thousands of people sickened by them each year, but also a substantial burden in health care costs, including direct government payments through Medicare and Medicaid," says Michael Beach of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an author of the study.
Currently, there are no well-documented data on the total health care costs associated with all waterborne diseases. However, using data from a large insurance claims database between 2004 and 2007, Beach and his colleagues estimated the hospitalization cost of three common waterborne diseases in the United States: Legionnaires' disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis. For each case of disease, they calculated the cost paid by the insurer, the out-of-pocket cost to the patient, and the total amount paid.
Total estimated costs for hospitalization for the three diseases was $154-539 million, including $44-147 million in direct government payments for Medicare and Medicaid. Estimated annual costs for the individual diseases were: giardiasis, $16-63 million; cryptosporidiosis, $37-145 million; and Legionnaires' disease, $101-321 million.
Inpatient hospitalization costs per case averaged more than $34,000 for Legionnaires' disease, approximately $9,000 for giardiasis and more than $21,000 for cryptosporidiosis.
"When people think about these diseases, they usually think of a simple case of diarrhea, which is a nuisance but quickly goes away. However, these infections can cause severe illness that often result in hospital stays of more than a week, which can quickly drive up health care costs," Beach says.
Other symptoms can include rashes, eye and ear infections and respiratory or neurological symptoms and can even be fatal.
Modest investments in preventing these diseases could lead to reduced disease and significant healthcare cost savings, Beach says. Some examples of possible, low-cost interventions include public education campaigns, appropriate maintenance of building water systems, and regular inspection of pools and other recreational water facilities.
The International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases is organized by the CDC, the American Society for Microbiology, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the World Health Organization. More information on the meeting can be found online at www.iceid.org.


July 13, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 Do consider attending the Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop coming up Aug. 11 in Newton on Bethel College campus.  The fee is $75 and includes lunch and materials.  Gary Flory and Ken Grotewiel will lead the workshop.  Gary is the Director of KIPCOR and has extensive experience with facilitation and negotiation in many settings.  Ken knows much about government, having served as a representative to the Kansas legislature and more recently with the Kansas Water Office.  Both are passionate about teaching how to deal with conflict in a positive way.
 There are limited spaces available, so register very soon by emailing your intent to register to <kelp@ksu.edu> or reply to this Heads-up.  For more information, go to the home page of the KELP website <http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/kelp> and download the flier.

KELPer news:
Mike Beezhold ('05) has taken a position with CDM in Kansas City, MO.  His new work phone number is 816.412.3145 and his email is <beezholdmt@cdm.com>  Best of everything, Mike!

FYI - New EPA consumer campaign for water conservation.  Check out the tips for water efficiency in the drop-down list at center top of the website <www.epa.gov/watersense/wereforwater>.  May be some good stuff for your next education program.  See details below.

Keep it cool,

We’re for Water EPA’s WaterSense® program will kick off the new multi-year We’re for Water campaign July 14, 2010 to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.
We’re for Water shows consumers that saving water can be as easy as check, twist, replace. 1.    Check toilets for silent leaks, which can waste enough water each year to fill a backyard swimming pool.
2.    Twist on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator to save water and energy at the tap without noticing a difference in flow.
3.    Replace old, inefficient showerheads with WaterSense labeled models that use less water and energy, but provide a shower with power.

Consumers are encouraged to adopt one or all of these water-saving behaviors and take the “I’m for Water” pledge on the WaterSense website.

Follow Flo, the We’re for Water “spokesgallon,” as she takes a road trip across the country to launch the campaign and educate people about water efficiency at www.epa.gov/watersense/wereforwater or www.facebook.com/epawatersense 

July 12, 2010

Hello KELPers,
Hey! I finally harvested a tomato. All the rest are still green, but more should ripen soon. I've not had to irrigate very much due to the frequent rains. I have drained my wonderful rain barrel twice though - used the water to irrigate my strawberry patch. Rain barrels are very nice to have and plants really prefer rainwater to tap water. I bought my barrel when Class 10 had their storm water retention project event in Chapman. Great job, everyone.

Don't forget about the Environmental Conflict Resolution Workshop coming on Aug. 11. It will be held at Bethel College in Newton from 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. and the $75 fee includes lunch and materials. For more information, go to the KELP website home page <www.ksre.ksu.edu/kelp> and download the flier.

This workshop is part of the current KELP class, so the participants are quality people.... just like you!
To register, email me at <kelp@ksu.edu>

Please share this opportunity with colleagues & others who interact with people in conflict situations.

I just read an article about water rates around the U.S. Eye-opening. Oddly enough, in Milwuakee the trend of residents’ using less water has lead to higher pricing. Some cities in rain-scarce regions have the lowest residential water rates and the highest level of water use. A family of four using 100 gallons per person each day will pay on average $34.29 a month in Phoenix compared to $65.47 for the same amount in Boston. Average daily residential water use ranged from a low of 41 gallons per person in Boston to a high of 211 gallons per person in Fresno, Calif.

If you'd like to read the full story, click below:

Class 10 will be at the Conflict Negotiation Workshop on Aug. 11 and then travel to Independence for the last two days of Session 4. We're looking forward to some "home cooking" at the Historical Museum and to getting wet with the Parks and Wildlife staff.
I'll be sending out information about KELP 2011 soon, so stay tuned,


July 8, 2010

Hello KELPers,
I hope your Fourth of July holiday was not affected too much by the rain.  There were a lot of kids who were disappointed, though.  It's hard to shoot off fireworks when the rain is pouring down! Below is information about an Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop at Bethel College in Newton and an announcement of EPA's guidance for land management in a watershed, down loadable online.
Later, Judy

I've mentioned this upcoming workshop before.  Please share with your colleagues and others who could benefit:

1.)  KELP is hosting a one-day Environmental Conflict Negotiation Workshop on August 11, 2010 in Newton, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the Kauffman House at Bethel College. The workshop is open to people who are not part of the 2010 class. The Great Plains Consensus Council is conducting the workshop. Gary Flory, Director of the Council, and Ken Grotewiel will be the presenters.  SPACE IS LIMITED - register soon.

The cost of the workshop is just $75 which includes lunch and materials. The workshop is during the day which allows most people to attend without the additional costs of a hotel and per diem. This will work out particularly well for any  folks who work in the Wichita area since Bethel College in North Newton is relatively close.

To register just email me, at <kelp@ksu.edu> indicating your request to register.  Your invoice for $75 will be emailed back to you.  Questions?? Call Judy Willingham at (785) 532-5813.

2.)  EPA Unveils Next Generation of Tools and Practices to Combat Nonpoint
Source Pollution

Watershed managers have a new resource to help them implement the most proven and cost-effective practices available to restore and protect water quality from nonpoint source pollution. On May 12, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a comprehensive land management guidance document. The document outlines implementation measures that are indicated by current scientific and technical literature to be the state-of-the-art approaches to reducing water pollution from nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. This guidance, organized in six chapters by category of activity, is available in full and by chapter on the downloads page <downloads.html> or can be accessed by clicking the link below.

EPA developed the guidance in response to an Executive Order signed by President Obama exactly a year before to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Section 502 of the Order calls for EPA to "publish guidance for Federal land management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed describing proven, cost-effective tools and practices that reduce water pollution" (see www.epa.gov/nps/chesbay502). Many of the technical approaches and tools contained in this document are relevant to non-federal land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed as well as to other parts of the U.S.


June 29, 2010

Hello everyone,
The Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP) is hosting a workshop by the Great Plains Consensus Council on August 11, 2010, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The workshop leaders are focusing on helping Stakeholder Leadership Teams function better through resolving conflict.  Encourage one of your team members to

Take a Day for Leadership

and come to Bethel College in Newton for the workshop.  Cost is $75.00 and includes lunch and materials.  See the attached flyer for more information.  Limited space, so register now.

Register by contacting me, Judy Willingham, the KELP coordinator at (785) 532-5813 or email me at <kelp@ksu.edu>.

We are also offering an opportunity for someone to get a taste of what KELP is all about by attending the entire fourth session at a cost of $250.00 (including lodging, meals, equipment & materials).  Following the workshop in Newton, we will assemble in Independence for all day Thursday and Friday morning.  Highlights of this session include a WRAPS update, two field trips (we will be literally wading in the water), and more about water monitoring.  Just email Judy at <kelp@ksu.edu> for more details.

Remember, the Conflict Resolution Workshop space is limited, so register ASAP.


June 25, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 Got lots of dirt under MY fingernails.  All that weeding, ya' know.  However, there were some jalapeños to  pick and it's good to see those tomatoes fruiting.  Maybe some will be ripe by July 1!

Here are a couple announcements :
*1.)  Environmental Conflict Resolution Workshop **coming on August 11, 2010.  Find out how to turn conflicts into agreeable solutions.  Learn the principles behind the tools used by professional mediators to reach resolution.  This workshop will help you deal with conflicts at work, home, and school - anyplace people work together. Highly recommended for WRAPS stakeholder leadership teams.
More details on the KELP website <www.ksre.ksu.edu/kelp>
Cost is $75.00 (lunch and materials provided).
Location: *Great Plains Consensus Council - Kauffman House
2515 College Avenue
Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas**

* Register:  *contact Judy Willingham, KELP Coordinator at (785) 532-5831 or email at kelp@ksu.edu

2.)  From Don Snethen ('99) Reserve October 26 on your calendar for Water and the Future of Kansas 2010, Maner Conference Center - Capital Plaza Hotel Topeka.  Theme will be Sustainable Water Resource Management.  Registration fee will be $65 which is $10 less than previous year (includes lunch).

Please share these announcements freely!  Make copies to put on bulletin boards.  I know you "know people!"

Stay cool,


June 23, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 I've been enjoying cooler weather in WY for the last week.  It was climate shock when I returned to humid, hot Kansas, but there truly is 'no place like home.'  I was amazed to see 4.5 inches in my rain gauge - WOW.  The garden really needed weeding!

Some items of interest:
1.)  Basin Leadership Institute on July 29-30 and Aug. 31 in the Marais des Cygnes River Basin.  Register by July 10 - space is limited.
2.)  The Center for Watershed Protection's new website (www.cwp.org <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103461627234&s=16441&e=001mQF2t14sbaT942D7GlUxOEYxlzP0GTCE46Lg_QfNMjv5oJRop_h3x4d_R3Ny98sOw_lA-NVfolzfDN-KyY6ULaHisIbcmHS3nstlzT6mgro=>) is online.  Check it out.
3.)  Article from CU: Boulder's wastewater treatment upgrades cut chemicals that feminize fish

Details can be found below.
Stay cool and get ready for the Fourth of July,

1.)  Upcoming Basin Leadership Institute being offered in the Marais des Cygnes River Basin and into Missouri, on July 29-30 and August 31.  Registration is $35, and includes lunches and materials. Space is limited. (Priority application deadline is July 10.)

This program is part of an EPA Targeted Watershed Grant Program that offers opportunities like this one for local landowners, community members, and leaders to learn more about water quality issues and ways that they can become involved in restoring water resources.Funding is also available through this program for local best management practices to be installed to improve water quality within the Marais des Cygnes River Basin.

Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lesley Rigney at lrigney@hwqp.org <mailto:lrigney@hwqp.org>  or 913-219-3566, or Gale Salzman directly at 913-829-9414 or gsalzman@hwqp.org <mailto:gsalzman@hwqp.org>

2. )
Center for Watershed Protection is Proud to Announce the Release of Our New Website <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103461627234&s=16441&e=001mQF2t14sbaT942D7GlUxOEYxlzP0GTCE46Lg_QfNMjv5oJRop_h3x4d_R3Ny98sOw_lA-NVfolzfDN-KyY6ULaHisIbcmHS3nstlzT6mgro=>

Ellicott City, MD - June 15, 2010 - The Center for Watershed Protection's new website (www.cwp.org <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103461627234&s=16441&e=001mQF2t14sbaT942D7GlUxOEYxlzP0GTCE46Lg_QfNMjv5oJRop_h3x4d_R3Ny98sOw_lA-NVfolzfDN-KyY6ULaHisIbcmHS3nstlzT6mgro=>) has been significantly improved with enhanced navigation and organization. The website includes a "Watershed 101" section that organizes materials into major thematic categories.  These are linked to both CWP and external resources. In addition, downloading is much more straightforward for users and the new interface allows the Center staff to update the  site more frequently. Visitors to the website should experience much more frequent information upgrades at the site.

The url for the website is www.cwp.org <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103461627234&s=16441&e=001mQF2t14sbaT942D7GlUxOEYxlzP0GTCE46Lg_QfNMjv5oJRop_h3x4d_R3Ny98sOw_lA-NVfolzfDN-KyY6ULaHisIbcmHS3nstlzT6mgro=>. We strongly encourage our friends to visit the website and send along any suggestions to webmaster@cwp.org. <mailto:webmaster@cwp.org>

3.)  http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_15346938
CU: Boulder's wastewater treatment upgrades cut chemicals that feminize fish

New treatment process slows gender-bending effects in minnows
By Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer
Recent upgrades to Boulder's wastewater treatment plant may have dramatically reduced the amount of chemicals in Boulder Creek that cause male fish to develop female characteristics, according to scientists at the University of Colorado.

Researchers first discovered a problem in the fish living below the wastewater treatment plant's outflow pipe in Boulder almost a decade ago.

David Norris, a professor of integrative physiology at CU, found that half of white suckers living above the pipe were male. But only one in six fish living below the pipe -- where effluent from the plant containing estrogen-related chemicals is dumped into the stream -- were male. The others were female or "intersex," with both male and female organs.

Norris followed up on his discovery with a study in 2006 that used a mobile fish exposure lab. The research trailer, which was set up near the wastewater treatment plant on 75th Street, allowed him to expose fathead minnows to various mixtures of water from upstream of the plant and effluent collected directly from the plant's pipe.

Norris and his colleagues, including CU researcher Alan Vajda, found that minnows exposed to a mixture of 50 percent upstream water and 50 percent effluent became "feminized" in only a week. "When we set up the experiment, we set it up to run for 28 days because we had no idea how long it would take us to see an effect," Norris said. "Initially, we were quite surprised at the effect we had within seven days."

Now Norris has again tested the effects of the effluent on fathead minnows, but in the years between the 2006 research and the new study, the city of Boulder upgraded its treatment plant.

"Basically, the city set up an experiment for us," Norris said. "They upgraded their processing system. We had earlier data, and now we had a before-and-after to make a comparison."

In the new study, Norris found that fathead minnows exposed to 100 percent effluent took 28 days to show signs of feminization. "It appears so far -- we have a lot of data yet to analyze -- that the levels of chemicals are down quite a bit," Norris said.

Even before Norris' 2006 experiment, the city had plans to update its wastewater treatment plant to use an "activated sludge" process in order to meet a state requirement to reduce the amount of nitrates and ammonia in the effluent.

The apparent reduction in estrogen-related chemicals -- which are found in a wide range of products from shampoo to birth-control pills -- is a "pleasant side effect," according to Ned Williams, Boulder's director of public works for utilities.

Fish feminization is a global issue, according to Norris, and though the results of the study are encouraging for Boulder Creek, they do not address the widespread problem of estrogen-related chemicals ending up in waterways.

"It's a lot less of a problem to not put them in than to try and get them out after they're in," Norris said. "This is a fairly recent phenomenon -- a combination of too many people concentrated in too small an area and dumping all of their waste in one spot."


June 9, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 Summer has arrived - complete with humidity, 90+ temps, and thunderstorms.  KELP Class 10 had a wonderful tour while at Garden City on May 19.  Would you believe that it was wet... in fact, the dirt roads were more like slippery slides.  Thanks to that anonymous rancher with a hefty 4WD pick-up and chain, who pulled our van back up to the center of the road.  Once we got back on pavement, everyone felt more secure!!

 Here are a few bits of information: grant opportunity, workshop announcement, and article:

1.  Conservation Innovation Grant (USDA) program in Kansas is to stimulate development and adoption of innovative conservation approaces and technologies.  Local governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals are eligible.  Deadline 6/25/2010.  Details below.

2.  The State Association of Kansas Watersheds will hold a Dam Operation and Maintenance Workshop on July 27-28 2010.  All dam owners and those associated with maintenance of water structures could benefit from the workshop.  Workshop begins at 8 a. m. on the 27th and concludes at 3 p. m. on 28th.
Location: Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta, KS
Attendance: Limited to 60 participants. Deadline for registration is July 9, 2010.
Registration Cost: $160.00 (includes most meals)
If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Herb Graves at:  *Phone: 785-922-6664 Fax: 785-922-6080 **Cell: 785-263-6033 Website: www.sakw.org <http://www.sakw.org/>**     Email: sakwwatersheds@sbcglobal.net <mailto:sakwwatersheds@sbcglobal.net>*

3.  Urban development affects aquatic life - article and link below.

I hope this finds you doing great things and feeling well; stay cool and hydrated.

1.  22-7 Conservation Innovation Grant (USDA)
The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging the federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals, guides, and references or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. The Kansas NRCS will accept applications for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, submitted to NRCS from eligible entities including federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations and individuals. Kansas component CIG projects must take place in Kansas; multi-state projects will not be considered. USDA-NRCS-KS-10-01 (GG 6/1/10)
URL: http://www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/program/cig/index.html
Deadline: 6/25/2010

3.   Aquatic Life Declines at Early Stages of Urban Development

*/The Center for Watershed Protection has been collaborating with the US Geological Survey's Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems research group to help interpret and disseminate the study results to local watershed managers and planners so they can base land use and management decisions on the best available science.  A summary report of the EUSE study findings is now available, along with short video podcasts, as described in the summary below./*
A new USGS report explains the effects of urban development on stream ecosystem health. Surprisingly, aquatic insect communities show little, if any, initial resistance to low levels of urban development that were previously thought to be protective of aquatic life. The study showed, for example, that by the time a watershed reaches about 10 percent impervious cover in urban areas, aquatic insect communities are degraded by as much as 33 percent in comparison to aquatic insect communities in forested watersheds.
The USGS determined the magnitude and pattern of the physical, chemical, and biological response of streams to increasing urbanization and how these responses vary throughout nine metropolitan areas: Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Raleigh, NC; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; and Milwaukee, WI.

Comparisons among the nine metropolitan areas show that not all urban streams respond in a similar way. Land cover prior to urbanization can affect how aquatic insects and fish respond to urban development and is important to consider in setting realistic stream restoration goals in urban areas. Learn more about how stream ecosystems respond to urban development from USGS reports and video podcasts on the USGS website: http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/urban/ <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103189058075&s=16441&e=001SInAXSlaqxbqQ_TUW_yTZiUU7PqN8TCsF9u9ZkAdQbhzVts49N92Gr9Y5fef-CFofZkXpFYFJPcBblMmwDISZHB-b8572hsA0l7I03c7awh-cLuco4Ku_DBS_z2nvkD37r8UYy67v4s=> 


May 12, 2010

Hello KELPers,

May 12, 2010 - Quite a stormy week so far. I hope none of you have had wind and tornado damage! My rain barrel is overflowing - pretty cool. I'm thinking I need to get another to catch more rainfall.

Class 10 is in Garden City next week, May 19-21. We have a wonderful tour on Wednesday afternoon and if any of you would like to go along, please let me know ASAP. We'll be in big vans, so seating is limited. The tour leaves at noon (box lunches on board), and returns around 6:00 p.m. This tour is more extensive then in the past, and will examine the use of diverted Ark River water into the various ditches, so the journey takes all afternoon. Really - do email me if you want to go, and I'll reserve you a seat and arrange for a lunch. (Box lunch cost is $6.00)

Now for a bit of humor based on a potential problem... Personal Care Products (PCPs) in sewage plant effluent. The jury is still out regarding the seriousness of this issue, but concerns are increasing. Details below.

Later 'gator,

The parody song “Dope In the Water” (sung to the tune of “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple) was written and performed by Steve Anderson, Water Resources Analyst at Clean Water Services, Portland, Oregon. This is of course a timely issue since the release of the _2008 Associated Press study_ <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23503485> that claims at least 41 million Americans may be getting a bonus of drugs and pharmaceuticals in their water supply.



We flush them down our toilets
We wash ‘em down the drain
We take ‘em when we feel bad
We take ‘em for the pain
They come to us in the sewers
We’d treat ‘em all but we can’t
When they show up at the headworks
They pass right through the treatment plant

Dope in the water
Hormones in the creek
Dope in the water

And what about them birth control pills?
At the outfall where the effluent swirls
Makin’ changes in the wildlife
Little boy fish look a lot like girls
And then we have our Prozac
Discharged by the very best
Don’t know how the fish like that
At least I guess they’re not depressed

Dope in the water
Hormones in the creek
Dope in the water

My coffee in the morning
Can keep a fish awake at night
Painkillers might make ‘em feel good
But you know it just ain’t right
Cosmetics and perfumes, well
Just add to this witch’s brew
It’s high time to figure it out
Just what the hell this stuff can do

Dope in the water
Hormones in the creek
Dope in the water


May 3, 2010

 Hello KELPers,
 FYI, Class 10 has completed their Applied Leadership Project!!  Chapman, KS was the site.  Class members installed a rain garden and promoted rain barrels to the community through a public education effort that included making 100 rain barrels available.   The Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club made funds available to KELP for this ALP - many thanks to the Kansas Chapter.  The weather on May 1, 2010 was perfect, and the results were outstanding.  Kudos to Class 10!  Session Three is coming up on May 19-21 in Garden City.

Details about these conferences/workshops are found below:
**1.) ****Two Upcoming Workshops in Raleigh, NC** on controlling turbidity and construction site erosion.  May 11 and June 3.

2.)  Kansas Association for Floodplain Management Conference, Sept. 1&2, 2010 at the Airport Hilton in Wichita.  Registration fee $150 by Aug. 2.  If you have questions, e-mail jbristor@co.sumner.ks.us, phone 620-326-2207, or fax 620-399-1033.

I saw a hummingbird at one of my feeders yesterday, plus there is an oriole in the tree!   Spring is here,


1.)  **How to Control Turbidity on Construction Sites: ****Methods for Meeting EPA Turbidity Limits** <http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S%2cM3%2c0e2444df-0ecd-4a5e-ad6b-f61e4befad3a>
**May 11, 2010**
Learn methods for meeting the turbidity limits in the new US EPA rule on construction site stormwater management.  (See the rule issued 12/1/09:  http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/guide/construction/)  Traditional erosion and sediment control measures will often release highly turbid water, which will not meet the new limits.  This workshop provides the basic principles of turbidity reduction using chemical treatment systems, including a variety which were developed at North Carolina State University and cited in the EPA rule. The focus will be on inexpensive, passive treatment approaches which can easily be integrated into an erosion and sediment control plan. Methods to treat pumped water will also be covered, from simple dosing systems to full-blown portable treatment plants.

**Class Time:** 8am-5pm
**Credit:** 6.5 Hours (Soil Scientists, Landscape Architects, Engineers, CPESCs)
**Fee:** $235
**Location:** Booth Field Learning Lab, 4000 Chi Rd., Raleigh, NC

**Installation of Construction Site Erosion & Sediment Control Devices <http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S%2cM3%2c7dc47391-3935-4475-b17c-78c7f959dd6c>
June 3, 2010**
Training on the development of erosion and sediment control plans is widely available, but proper installation of these devices is just as critical as a good plan. This workshop is designed for people who actually need to know how to install these devices. Attendees will learn what properly installed devices should look like and the common failures in their installation; how to install the most common devices by actually installing them; how to install alternatives to common rock systems and how to save some money using them.
**Class Time:** 8am-1pm
**Credit:** 3.5 Hours (Soil Scientists, Landscape Architects, Engineers, CPESCs)
**Fee:** $60
**Location:** Booth Field Learning Lab, 4000 Chi Rd., Raleigh, NC

Joni Tanner and Kathryn Luxford

April 22, 2010

Hello KELPers & Happy Earth Day,
I actually remember the first Earth Day, but we won't go into the details!
Below you will find information about:
1.) I hope you can catch one of the showings of "Dirt, The Movie."
2.) Also click on the KDHE website to see a counter tallying the amount
of waste generated in Kansas - makes you realize how important recycling
3.) Finally, a grant announcement from EPA for an National Environmental
Education Training Program.

That's it for now,

Here's the scoop...er, Here ARE the details (better grammar, ya' know):

1.)  SAVE THE DATE!  Dirt! /The Movie is coming to you on PBS -
beginning Tuesday, April 20th at 9pm and continuing to April 25 at
various times on both the Topeka and Wichita-Hutchinson PBS stations!

Mark your calendar, set your DVR and make your DIRTy plans now

Go to <http://itvs.org/shows/broadcast_results.php>

to find your local listing.

Join over a million of your closest dirty friends as we celebrate Dirt! on Earth Day!
Dirt! The Movie on PBS April 20th at 10pm!   Don't miss it!

2.)  With Earth Day upon us, the Bureau of Waste Management has incorporated a new educational tool on our bureau webpage which counts how much municipal solid waste Kansans throw away.  This “waste counter” adds 191 pounds per second which is the average disposal rate for all Kansans combined.  By improving our recycling, we can slow down this counter to save landfill space and conserve energy and material resources.

Please share this with friends who might be interested in this impressive environmental impact caused by routine daily living.  The rate can increase drastically due to natural disasters or other unusual waste generating events. We have plans to add other “good” counters in the future to demonstrate recycling and composting totals and perhaps other interesting measurements.

Click on this direct link to our website:  <http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/>

3) EPA Accepting Applications for National Environmental Education Training Program The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications to help manage the National Environmental Education Training Program over the next five years. EPA will award one cooperative agreement, worth approximately $10 million over five years that will provide teachers and other education professionals with resources and support to enable them to teach about environmental issues more effectively. EPA will accept applications until July 26, 2010.The purpose of the national training program is to provide environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the Unites States. Institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations in the United States are eligible to apply.  EPA encourages these institutions to form broad-based partnerships when applying for this program that includes partners, such as Minority Academic Institutions, that represent the demographic diversity of the United States.EPA believes that a broad-based consortium that builds on existing national environmental education resources and programs is the best way to successfully deliver quality training and support to K-12 teachers, faculty at colleges and universities and non-formal educators across the United States.
More information about the application process for the National Environmental Education Training Program:  http://www.epa.gov/education/educate/solicitation.html

 April 5, 2010

Hello KELPers,

KELP Class 10 is working hard on their Applied Leadership Project.  April 17 will be a rain barrel assembly day, and May 1 will be a community celebration in Chapman when residents can purchase their very own rain barrel for a very attractive price!  In addition, the team designed and is planting a demonstration rain garden near a city shelter.  I'm excited to see everything fall into place.  We were
fortunate to receive a grant from the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club to help the team cover expenses and complete their project!  What a gift to Chapman, where efforts continue to recover from the devastating tornado.

Those of you who are members of the National Geographic Society are already aware of the current issue, which is dedicated to WATER.  I have read most of the issue and recommend it.  Much of the basic info we have heard before, but I found the reports from areas where fresh water is not only scarce, but polluted, to be profound.  When people have to spend many hours each day to locate water and carry it in buckets and jugs to a home several miles away... the entire society is affected.  I have a deeper understanding of how precious water is.  Do find a copy and read.

<http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/> is the Society's website and you might find the selection of videos of interest.  Just click on "Video" underneath the banner to see the selection available.  Most are only a few minutes long, so they may be perfect as an introduction to a panel discussion or meeting.  Check out "Why Care About Water."

Sondra Megrail, ('08) sent her current email.  It is <smegrail@yahoo.com>  Thanks for the update, Sondra.

1.)  Libby Albers ('10) announces the 9th Annual Arkansas River Trash Round-up on May 1, 2010.  To participate contact <Dianna_Kimbrough@cargill.com>  To "adopt" a site, contact <lalbers@wichita.gov>

2.)  Paul Ingle ('02) sent this information about a Stream Assessment Workshop to be held in Lyon County on July 29-30, 2010.  Details below.

Guess that's about it for now.  Enjoy the welcome spring weather and plant those gardens!

Stream Assessment Workshop
This intermediate level workshop is for natural resource professionals: environmental scientists, engineers, WRAPs coordinators, extension agents, district managers, science teachers, NRCS personnel, etc. who are looking for a better understanding of stream processes. Upon completion of this class, attendees will be better equipped to communicate with land owners about stream science, function, and value. You will also be able to conduct basic assessments and provide stakeholders with appropriate BMP alternatives for their stream problems.COST: - $200 - This includes lodging, meals, refreshments and course materials. The workshop is limited to 20 participants.LOCATION: - The workshop will be held at the Hideout Hunting Lodge in Lyon County (1895 Road 360). It is approximately 20 miles north of Emporia, or northeast of Admire. Upon completion of registration a map will be sent out.
SPONSORS: - Flint Hills RC&D; The Watershed Institute; Wildhorse Riverworks; WRAPS/KDHE, Weaver Environmental Construction; USDA SARE, K-State Citizen Science; and KAWS
Types of stream assessments; stream hydrology; stream chemistry; intro to fluvial geomorphology; stream ecology; monitoring; sampling, streambank stabilization; riparian function & management; and more.  For details and registration go to:
Or visit this URL for the latest :  http://www.kaws.org/whats-new


March 22, 2010

Hello KELPers,
  The Topeka session for Class 10 was a busy three days.  We attended the Agriculture and Natural Resources House Committee meeting and were introduced by the presiding officer.  That evening, Senator McGinn ('99) came and talked to the Class about her experiences and discussed the issues currently under consideration by the Legislature.  In addition, Rep. Joe Seiwert and Senator Dennis Pyle dropped by to visit with their constituents in the class.  We had a special treat when Rep. Seiwert
took us on an after-hours tour of the Capitol.

  Just a short bit here.  Derek Zongker ('00) is a superstar!!  He and his wife, Michelle, are the subject of an Associated Press news article headlined "Kansas couple educates public about impact of agriculture." Here's the link

Pretty cool, Derek.  Great job!

Libby Albers ('10) tells about the City of Wichita proclaiming April 11-17, 1020 as National Environmental Education Week.  The Mayor invited everyone interested to attend on April 6, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.  The reading will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 455 N. Main in Wichita.  (Parking stubs will be validated.)

Julie MacLachlan ('03) sent news of a web forum being held by EPA.  Here is your chance to give input on how to protect America's waters...  I did.  Check it out below.


*EPA Launches Web Forum on How to Best Protect Americas Waters*

*WASHINGTON * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on how the agency can better protect and improve the health of our waters.  For a two- week period, EPA is holding a Web discussion forum on how the nation can better manage some of the most significant
water pollution problems facing our nation. The feedback received on the online forum will help shape the discussion at EPAs upcoming conference in April, Coming Together for Clean Water, where we will engage approximately 100 executive and local level water leads on the agencys clean water agenda.

 "We look forward to reviewing the ideas and feedback from the public, said Peter S. Silva, assistant administrator EPAs Office of Water. This online discussion is for anyone who wants to share their best solutions for restoring healthy waters and creating sustainable communities across the country."
EPA wants to receive input from water professionals, advocates, and anyone interested in water quality issues about best solutionsfrom planning, scientific tools, low impact development, to green
infrastructure and beyondin controlling water pollution and how resources can be better focused to improve these efforts.

 To join the discussion: http://blog.epa.gov/waterforum/


March 9, 2010

Hello KELPers,
FINALLY, some warm weather!! It was sooooo nice to get outside and prepare the gardens for spring planting. Tomorrow the current KELP class meets in Topeka. I'll be sending out information about attending a single session of KELP after we return. Could be an opportunity to "sample" the KELP experience for someone thinking about applying next year.

Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Now for some news and a free webinar.

David Coltrain ('07) has taken a position with the River Valley Extension District as the Horticulture and Community Development agent. He serves Republic, Clay Cloud, & Washington Counties. Here is his new phone : (785)325-2121.

1) Fix a Leak Week: Water utilities, manufacturers, retailers, communities, plumbers, and other professionals are working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program to promote Fix a Leak Week, March 15 to 21, 2010. The city of Dallas, for example, is kicking off the Great Dallas Fix a Leak Week Roundup on March 15 as part of a five-day event to repair leaks and replace plumbing fixtures in local homes with WaterSense labeled models. EPA is promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. To learn more, visit: www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.

2.) The K-State Pollution Prevention Institute would like to invite you to the /Introduction to Low Impact Development Webinar/ Friday, Apr. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. To attend, please register online at
<http://www.sbeap.org/workshops/ViewWorkshop/42> or by phone at 800-578-8898. A confirmation email with log-in instructions will be sent.Contact Ryan Hamel at rhamel@ksu.edu <mailto:rhamel@ksu.edu> or Barb Johnson at barblj@ksu.edu <mailto:barblj@ksu.edu> or call us at
800-578-8898 if you have any questions.


February 17, 2010

Hello KELPers,
  I've returned from the mild Tucson climate, and did enjoy the warmer
weather.  That area of AZ has been in a drought for about 10 years, and
water issues "sprinkle" the local news; economic issues fill the rest of
the newspaper.  While I was there, one day had nearly a quarter of an
inch of rainfall.  (0.88 inches is the February average.)  Those folks
were excited!!

Below you will find an article about water declines in Yeman, a job
opportunity, a grant opportunity, and a free workshop on "Healthy Yards."

Stay warm and remember this cold will be averaged out by summer temps!!

1.)  This recent report from Rueters, about the water crisis in Yeman:
  "Yemeni water trader Mohammed al-Tawwa runs his diesel pumps day and
night, but gets less and less from his well in Sanaa, which experts say
could become the world's first capital city to run dry. "My well is now
400 meters (1,300 feet) deep and I don't think I can drill any deeper
here," said Tawwa, pointing to the meager flow into tanks that supply
water trucks and companies."  (Access to complete article at

2.)  The KDHE Watershed Management Section is seeking to fill an ES III
position to work with CWSRF funded NPS projects – click on the following
link to view the announcement.  Please pass along to others who may be
interested in applying.  <http://da.ks.gov/ps/pub/reqinfo.asp?id=165067%20>

3.)  Here is a grant opportunity:   The Sunflower Foundation currently
has open Requests for Proposals (RFPs), each using a new ONLINE PROPOSAL

    * Capacity Building Grants (RFP 10-103) - Funding to develop or
      strengthen an organization's effectiveness, efficiency, quality,
      safety, impact and sustainability.

    * Sunflower Trails Grants (RFP 10-104) - Funding to help increase
      access to physical activity by building community-based or
      school-based walking and multi-use trails.

4.)  Save the date:   Healthy Yards Expo on March 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m

Overland Park has partnered with the City of Lenexa, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and Johnson County Stormwater to bring resident's a new lawn and garden show about making greener choices in their landscape. Admission is FREE. It is at the Lenexa Conference Center, 11184 Lackman Road.
Contact Lisa Cox ('06) at 913-895-6172 or lisa.cox@opkansas.org for more information. 


January 26, 2010

Hello KELPers,
 Things are flying along with new ideas and methods to communicate.  Did you know that KELP is on Facebook?  Here is your chance to join the team.  Just click on this link and join up if you want.

Being somewhat inept (read intimidated!) with this social networking, I have not figured out how to send email invitations to all my distribution lists for the Heads-up.  BUT, I'm working on it, so with some luck and advice, you should have your own very personal invitation to join the KELP team on Facebook.  You are encouraged to invite others who have environmental interests as well. Wish me luck.

Now for two items of interest:  a "Green Roofs Webinar" and "Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities" program:
1.)  The K-State Pollution Prevention Institute would like to invite you to the /Green Roofs Webinar/ Friday, Feb. 5 at 1:00 p.m. CST.  To attend, please register online at http://www.sbeap.org/workshops/ViewWorkshop/41 or by phone at 800-578-8898.  A confirmation email with log-in instructions will be sent.Contact Ryan Hamel at rhamel@ksu.edu <mailto:rhamel@ksu.edu> or Barb Johnson ('07) at barblj@ksu.edu <mailto:barblj@ksu.edu> or call us 800-578-8898 if you have any questions.

2.)  Introducing a new program from K-State Research and Extension: Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities. The program is designed to educate the public on environmentally conscious lawn and garden care techniques. Our choices in our yards influence the entire community. By choosing practices that minimize impact, everyone benefits. An online assessment tool for homeowners is available at www.kansasgreenyards.org

That's it for now.  BTW, I'm heading for Tucson and will escape some of this winter weather during the first 10 days of February.  Not likely to get a tan, but I'm looking forward to a gentler winter climate.


Janyary 19, 2010

Hello KELPers,
  The students on campus are all excited about last night's basketball game against Texas.  Quite a positive note for the Wildcats!  I think there are some pleased alums too :-).

Here are some upcoming events, so check your calendar and see if you can participate.  Websites included for more info.

1.  Scott Satterthwaite ('01) sends this announcement: The Academy for Sustainable Communities is presenting a program: "Nature's Second Chance - **Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm"  on Feb. 5, 2010, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Mid-America Regional Council Conference Center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200,  Kansas City, MO 64105.  There is a $15 fee.  Go to this website for more
information: <http://www.marc.org/Sustain/Green_Infrastructure/nature.asp>

2.  KDHE, Bureau of Waste Management will hold the 2010 Recycling WORKS! conference at the Junction City Courtyard by Marriot, 310 Hammons Drive.  Dates: March 23-25, 2010.  Go to this website for more information:  <http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/works10.html>

3.  The Kansas Rural Water Association's annual training conference in Wichita will be held March 30 - April 1.  Go to this website for more information:  <http://www.krwa.net/conference/conference.shtml>

Love this warming trend and am already anxious for SPRING!

January 12, 2010

Hello KELPers,
Isn't it good to see temps above freezing.  There'll be lots of run-off as the snow melts!

  1.) Shari Wilson ('00) has this announcement requesting nominations for KACEE awards and registration for Green Schools - a very cool opportunity for our schools, so pass it on!!  See below for details.
  2.)  Instructions for "Warshing Clothes" as written out years ago as advice to a new bride.  Note the water conservation measures - most important when every drop of water was "toted."


1.)  Nominations are now being accepted for KACEE Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards!  There are several award categories, including Kansas Green School of the Year and PreK-16 Educator.  Check it all out at www.kacee.org <http://www.kacee.org/>; look under What's New.  The link to the online nomination form is there, as is a downloadable form.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, 22 January.
Recruitment for Kansas Green Schools Underway
Free registration for schools on the Kansas Green Schools Network is available at www.kansasgreenschools.org <http://www.kansasgreenschools.org/>.  Schools registering receive a
free Green Teacher book of environmental education activities, and are eligible for environmental stewardship grants.  (Waste management grants are being accepted through Monday, 15 February.  Grant criteria and the online application form are on the website, look under Grants.)  Green Schools receive a monthly e-newsletter full of resources, grant and professional development opportunities, and ideas for making schools greener.  Green Schools also receive advance information about the
Kansas Green Schools Conference.
For more information on these programs, contact Shari Wilson at the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), swilson@kacee.org <mailto:swilson@kacee.org>.


Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe for washing clothes.  It appears below just as it was written, and despite the spelling, has a bit of philosophy.  This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook (with spelling errors and all).  Some of the younger people might have to ask a grandparent to explain this.
Warshing Clothes
01.  Bilt fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
02.  Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
03.  Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bilin water.
04.  Sort things, make 3 piles, 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.
05.  To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
06.  Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then bile.  Rub colored, don't bile, just rinch and starch.
07.  Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch, and starch.
08.  Hang old rags on fence.
09.  Spread tea towels on grass.
10.  Pore rinch water in flower bed.
11.  Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
12.  Turn tubs upside down.
13.  Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.
14.  Brew cup of tea, sit an rock a spell and count your blessings.


January 5, 2010

Hello KELPers,
All I can say is that the money saved by not needing air conditioning last summer, will now go to pay the heating bill! Session one begins tomorrow in Hays, and I hope everyone dresses warmly for the tours. Now for two announcements: a grant and a request for nominations. FYI, even though the date for nominations to the FRRCC is past, they are still being accepted by EPA. I know we have some excellent candidates, so if you're interested, do contact Alicia Kaiser (see below).

1.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources. Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2.)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC). Members serve as representatives from academia, industry (e.g., farm groups and allied industries), non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms. The FRRCC
generally meets two (2) times annually, or as needed and approved by the Designated Federal
Officer (DFO). Meetings will generally be held in Washington, DC.
Members serve on the Committee in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA may provide reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business. Members who are actively engaged in farming or ranching are encouraged to apply. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

Stay warm everyone,

1.) EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

In 2009, EPA’s CARE program distributed $2 million to nine communities. Examples of projects that received grants include addressing waste and storm water issues in Kennett, Mo.; reducing air and water pollution in Holyoke, Mass.; addressing water pollution from coal slurry in Wheeling, W.Va.; reducing radon and other indoor air pollutants in Pueblo, Colo.; and tackling the problem of hazardous waste materials and open dumping in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Since 2005, the grants have reached 68
communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information about the grants: http://www.epa.gov/care/

2.) In selecting Committee members, EPA will seek candidates who possess: extensive professional knowledge of agricultural issues and environmental policy; a demonstrated ability to examine and analyze complicated environmental issues with objectivity and integrity; excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills; and an ability and willingness to participate in a deliberative
and collaborative process. In addition, well-qualified applicants must be prepared to process a substantial amount of complex and technical information, and have the ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Committee's activities, including participation
in teleconference meetings and preparation of text for Committee reports. Submissions Procedure: All nominations must be identified by name, occupation, organization, position, current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number, and must include: (1) A resume detailing relevant experience and professional and educational qualifications of the nominee; and (2) a brief statement (one page or less) describing the nominee's interest in serving on the Committee.
Interested candidates may self-nominate.

ADDRESSES: Submit all nominations to: Alicia Kaiser, Designated Federal Officer, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC 1101A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also e-mail nominations to: Kaiser.Alicia@epa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alicia Kaiser, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; E-mail: Kaiser.Alicia@epa.gov; Telephone: (202) 564-7273.