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Kansas Technical Committee Minutes—January 9, 2014

Kansas Technical Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Teleconference—9-9:58 a.m.
State Office Conference Room
760 South Broadway Salina, Kansas

The meeting was called to order by Xiomara Tryban, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Salina, Kansas. Xiomara introduced those who would be presenting: Erin Batman and herself, NRCS, Salina State Office; Jaime Gaggero, Director, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Introductions of the group were made and Xiomara stated the purpose of the meeting is to add an additional watershed to Emma Creek. The criteria for adding a watershed was discussed. Xiomara then turned the meeting over to Erin Batman who presented a PowerPoint “National Water Quality Initiative-Emma Creek.”

NWQI Presentation (PDF; 127 KB)

Erin Batman provided a background on the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). Emma Creek met all four criteria of impairment. Jaime concurred that it did meet all four criteria. Erin discussed the 2012 and 2013 outreach efforts and the number of applications and contracts for both years. He then turned the meeting over to Jaime.

Jaime stated that KDHE supports adding another watershed to the current one. It was clearly stated the current Emma Creek Watershed will remain in place but the additional watershed is being added due to low participation. Jaime discussed outreach efforts made in order to increase participation in the current watershed. Mailings were sent to 100 landowners and four workshops to educate landowners about the NWQI initiative. Despite the mailings, only 10 attended the workshops. Attendance at the workshops dropped in 2013 along with participation. KDHE partnered with the Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) groups on outreach and NRCS to survey potential participation for the watershed congruent (City of Canton-West Emma Creek) to the current one (City of Hesston-West Emma Creek). The land uses are very similar and met the NRCS criteria to add the watershed. All impairments are present in the watershed and the watershed has total maximum daily load (TMDL) monitoring stations present. The monitoring has been conducted since 2006 on the City of Canton-West Emma Creek. This will be beneficial to implementing additional conservation practices in the northern watershed. The watershed is also identified as a high priority for the WRAPS watershed group. The watershed also contains a high load of sediment and nutrients. Due to the low criteria it meets the needs to add it to the current NWQI watershed.

KDHE Letter of Support (PDF; 148 KB)

Xiomara asked for one-minute comments from the group. Comments were as follows:

One-Minute Comments:

Don Jones—The City of Canton-West Emma Creek is a good candidate watershed. Previously, it had been targeted with Division of Conservation (DOC) funds for several years. The DOC has shown there is tremendous need in the watershed in terms of water quality. The TMDL fund from DOC has been moved this year to another watershed.

Erin Batman—How long has it been since funding was provided to the district and when would the contracts be completed?

Don Jones—Since we have had TMDLs until 2013, the contracts would have been completed by June 2013. This could be a reason we have had low participation.

Louise Emke—Does this impact any communities or towns?

Xiomara—The City of Canton is involved.

Map - West Emma Creek Proposed Expansion (with surrounding towns) (PDF: 195 KB)

Tim Boese—Supportive of including an additional watershed, West Emma dumps into the Little Arkansas. Anything to improve water quality would be beneficial.

Jim Hays—The Nature Conservancy is supportive.

Steve Schaff—Supports

Dan Devlin—Supports

The KTC recommends adding the City of Canton-West Emma Creek to the NWQI as an additional watershed.

Xiomara Tryban concluded the meeting at 9:58 a.m.

Attendees: January 9, 2014, Teleconference Call-In

  • Todd Miller, Kauffman Seeds
  • Tim Boese, Equus Beds
  • Barth Crouch, Playa Lakes Joint Venture
  • Scott Sattherwaithe, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
  • Jaime Gaggero, KDHE
  • Terry Medley, KDHE
  • Steve Schaff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Dan Devlin, KCARE/K-State Research and Extension
  • Louise Emke, Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Member
  • Luke Cory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Lance Hedges,The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Jim Hays, TNC
  • Don Jones, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Conservation
  • Matt Smith, Kansas Fish, Wildlife and Tourism
  • Patti Winters, KACD Employees’ Organization
  • Doug Helmke, Kansas Rural Water
  • Steve Sorensen, Kansas Wildlife Federation
  • Eric Banks, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Xiomara Tryban, NRCS
  • Kristen Chaffin, NRCS
  • Erin Batman, NRCS
  • Robert Wimer, NRCS