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RRRP Watershed Planning

RRRP Watershed Planning

by Duane Cheney, Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Colby, Kansas

The Republican River Restoration Partnership (RRRP) is dedicated to provide watershed planning within the Republican River Watershed and its tributaries. This includes an area that is approximately 24,900 square miles: 7,700 square miles are in Colorado, 9,700 square miles in Nebraska, and 7,500 square miles in Kansas.

The RRRP was formed in 2002 during a meeting held in Benkleman, Nebraska. A group of interested farmers from Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska (most were representatives of Resource Conservation and Development [RC&D] Councils) met to discuss what ways watershed planning could be provided across the states lines. A series of educational workshops and organizational meetings were set up over the years since then.

In 2009 the RRRP incorporated and is in the process of acquiring information on watershed needs and concerns in the three states that can be developed into dedicated goals, objectives, and actions for its planning process.

Presently RRRP is using the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE’s) Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process as its format, along with the “Stream Corridor Restoration” manual, as a guide in their planning process.

The mission established for the RRRP is to provide leadership in bringing federal, state and local entities together in the planning and coordination of sound conservation practices in the Republican River Basin. RRRP is anticipating the three states working together to achieve long-term benefits. RC&D Councils are active partners in this process with council members from four RC&Ds in the three states.

The purpose of RRRP is the following:

  • To become informed and inform others
  • To encourage all three states to work together in improving the health of the Republican River and its tributaries
  • To continue implementing sound/acceptable conservation practices that enhance the quality of our farmland and streams and restore the desired ecology of the Republican River
  • To have an effective organization to carry out the mission and achieve the vision

This will require technical services from many state and federal agencies, universities, and interested organizations. These services will help support the plan in order to achieve long-term benefits for every citizen living in the basin. The partnership includes the RC&D Councils, Natural Resources Conservation Service, KDHE, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, conservation districts, universities, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Water Authority, and many others in the state of Kansas.

For more information on RRRP, contact Bob Martin (Western Prairie RC&D and RRRP Representative) at 785-322-5563 or Duane Cheney (NRCS RC&D Coordinator) at 785-462-7671 Ext. 5.

Visit your local NRCS office to learn more about natural resources conservation. The office is located at your local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center (listed in the telephone book under United States Government or on the internet at offices.usda.gov). More information is also available on the Kansas Web site at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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