Kansas Technical Committee Minutes | February 22, 2012
Kansas Technical Committee Minutes - February 2012
Kansas Technical Committee (KTC) Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. NRCS Conference Center 747 Duvall Salina, Kansas
Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist (STC), Natural Resources Conservationist (NRCS), Salina, Kansas, called the Kansas Technical Committee (KTC) meeting to order. Eric welcomed members, made introductions, and discussed the purpose of the meeting.
Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LEPC)
R. Dean Krehbiel, Resource Conservationist, NRCS, Salina, Kansas, reviewed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conference Report for the LEPC.
Jon L. Ungerer, LEPC Initiative (LPCI) Coordinator, NRCS, Manhattan, Kansas, and Christian Hagen, LPCI Science Advisor, Oregon State University, were present to provide information regarding the LPCI. Christian Hagen presented a short PowerPoint outlining the LPCI and how a science–based targeting approach resulting in outcome based evaluations will guide the direction of the initiative. Monitoring will be completed with a 3–tiered approach with the university and other partners assisting in this effort. Mr. Hagen also talked about a number of tools being developed to assist with the LPCI effort.
Lyle D. Frees, Natural Resource Specialist, NRCS, Salina, Kansas, discussed program funding for the Kansas component of CIG areas of interest and the application requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2012.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)—National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
Corey L. Nelson, Resource Conservationist, NRCS, Salina, Kansas, opened the discussion regarding the recommended watersheds proposed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) for the FY 2012 NWQI. Jamie Gaggero, KDHE, explained their assessment for the watershed selection based on the following criteria provided by National Headquarters (NHQ).
Impaired–A stream or water body documented to be impaired, and identified on a state’s 303(d) list of impaired waters as designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Threatened–A stream or water body with water quality data documenting an impairment, but does not have a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plan and is not listed on the 303(d) list of impaired waters as designated by the EPA.
TMDL–A stream or water body that has been on the EPA’s 303(d) list of impaired waters, but may have been removed because there is a TMDL plan for implementation.
Critical–A stream or water body upstream of an impaired segment or area, and is known to be a contributing source of the downstream impairment for a stream in one or more of the three categories above.