*WRAPS = Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy
A WRAPS isn’t just a plan – it’s many people working together to restore some of the watershed’s natural ability to protect creeks and streams. It’s also layers of communities, utilities, and governing bodies finding ways to cooperate across traditional boundaries so that 20 years from now Clinton Lake is still a viable water supply.
Nearly a decade ago, the Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance’s (KVHA) Water Resources Committee began an initiative to bring together the efforts of all agencies doing water quality work in the Wakarusa watershed. In 2001 and 2002, the committee gathered and summarized historic information about watershed conditions, evaluated the current condition of Clinton Lake and the watershed, established water quality objectives for the river and lake, and recommended water pollution practices & policies to further improve the water quality.
In February of 2003, KVHA formally released the first Watershed Restoration And Protection Strategy* (WRAPS) for the Upper Wakarusa watershed. Using the WRAPS as a planning tool, KVHA has received a number of funding awards to implement the strategy and to build up the capacity of the watershed community to carry the WRAPS forward.
Between October 2000 – September 2007 the Alliance focused on developing the capacity of the watershed to support ongoing, locally-led lake protection.
In 2007 the UWW WRAPS Coordination was transferred to the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS).
KVHA will continue building awareness of the watershed’s cultural and natural resources, and facilitating partnership projects that protect and conserve those
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