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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.

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LPCI Presentation (PDF) Available soon

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs)

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.

CIG Presentation (PDF; 2 MB)

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).

  1. 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).
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Map - National Water Quality Initiative Recommended Watersheds (PDF; 688)

FY 2012 watershed selection for the NWQI

KTC Recommendation: KTC recommended that a follow-up meeting be held to further discuss the initiative updates and the proposed watersheds.
STC Decision: Concurred with this recommendation.

The meeting adjourned at 11 a.m.

Attendees:

  • Christian Hagen, Oregon State University, Bend, Oregon
  • Larry Biles, Kansas Forest Service (KFS)
  • Bob Atchison, KFS
  • Steve Schaff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Jamie Gaggero, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
  • Dennis Lutgen, Star Seed Inc.
  • Joe Kramer, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)
  • Jim Pitman, KDWPT
  • Don Jones, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Conservation (KDA–DOC)
  • Rob Reschke, KDA–DOC
  • Barb Oltjen, State Association of Kansas Watersheds
  • Mary Fund, Kansas Rural Center
  • Barth Crouch, Playa Lakes Joint Venture
  • Mike Disney, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Ron Brown, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts/Resource Conservation and Development
  • Susan Metzger, Kansas Water Office (KWO)
  • Susan Stover, KWO
  • Harold Klaege, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc.
  • Maurice Miller, Sharp Brothers Seed Company
  • Howard Miller, Cheney Lake Watershed
  • Cal Adams, Post Rock Graziers Association
  • Dalton Henry, Kansas Wheat Commission/Association of Wheat Growers
  • Jan Windscheffel, NETAFIM
  • Dan Devlin, KCARE/K-State Research and Extension
  • Tom Wellington, Kansas Black Farmers Association
  • Rich McKee, Kansas Livestock Association
  • Kent Askren, Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Larry Rutter, Kansas Tree Farm Committee
  • Eric Banks, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Gaye Benfer, NRCS
  • Corey Nelson, NRCS
  • Dean Krehbiel, NRCS
  • Jon Ungerer, NRCS
  • Lynn Thurlow, NRCS