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Wetland Learners Fall 2007 Wetland Learners November 2007 Rebecca Foster, intern, works with a small group of 6th grade girls from New York Elementary.

We had an excellent brainstorming session on October 23rd. Many thanks
to everyone who took part. The minutes are posted on the Dragonfly
County Google Group. http://groups.google.com/group/dragonflycounty/web/planning-10-23-2007
We’re moving forward on several of the fronts discussed at the meeting._________________

Attendance 10/23/07 Travis Boley – Association Manager for Oregon-California Trails
Association
Jeanne Klein* – Director of Kansas University Theater for Young
People
Carey Maynard-Moody* – V-President & Chair
of Water Quality for Sierra Club Wakarusa Group
Patty Ogle – City of Lawrence
Storm Water Quality Technician
Rex Powell* – Education Chair for Jayhawk Audubon Society,
President of Grassland Heritage
Foundation
Alison Reber* – Executive Director of
Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance, Coordinator
of Internships for WWL project
Stan Roth* – Wildlife
& Parks,
Kansas Biological Survey
Sandy Sanders – Education Committee of
Jayhawk Audubon Society, Coordinator of Schools and Facilitators for WWL project
Anthea Scoufas – Director of Education & Outreach for
Lied Center of Kansas
Randy Stout – Coordinator
of Research & Development for
Kansas Board of Regents’ Kan-Ed project

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On October 27th volunteers from all over the watershed took part in Make a Difference Day -“America’s largest day of volunteering”.

* Students from KU’s Center for Community Outreach and KU Marketing Club were organized to do a shoreline clean up and riparian zone tree nut planting at Coon Creek.

* Volunteers for the Kansas Trails Council worked on trails in Camp Ground #1 in the Clinton Lake State Park.

Make A Difference Day

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Make A Difference Day

On October 27th volunteers from all over the watershed took part in Make a Difference Day -“America’s largest day of volunteering”.

* Students from KU’s Center for Community Outreach and KU Marketing Club were organized to do a shoreline clean up and riparian zone tree nut planting at Coon Creek.

* Volunteers for the Kansas Trails Council worked on trails in Camp Ground #1 in the Clinton Lake State Park.

Make A Difference Day

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Catfish Cookies Book CoverCatfish Cookies Reading & Signing, October 6th, 2007Barbara Higgins-Dover, author of the recent children’s book Catfish Cookies, will present a reading and signing at Oread Books. The author will present a short activity for children based on themes from the book, followed by the reading.

Date: October 06, 2007
Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Location: Oread Books, Kansas Union
Department: KU Memorial Unions
http://www.oreadbooks.com

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KAWS Wetland and Stream Conference Sept 20 – 2, 2007

Overland Park Sherraton

Features National Wetland Experts

“Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, is the featured speaker at the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc. (KAWS) Conference to be held on September 20-22, 2007 at the Overland Park Sheraton,” said Tim Christian, state coordinator. “Parenteau’s talk entitled “Where’s Waldo? Jurisdictional Determinations in the Wake of Rapanos” should offer new insights into the issue of how isolated wetlands fit jurisdictionally in Kansas and across the nation. Professor Parenteau is a nationally recognized expert on wildlife and endangered species, wetlands, water quality, public lands, and NEPA.”

Additionally, KAWS is holding a panel discussion on Friday morning relative to the Rapanos decision
that will include Dr. Parenteau, Russell Kaiser, US Army Corps of Engineers; US Environmental Protection Agency; and representatives of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Christian continued. Russell Kaiser, US ACE, began working on
environmental issues, including wetland permitting and compliance issues, with the Corps of Engineers in the early-1990s. He is a foremost authority on Clean Water Act jurisdiction within the Corpsof Engineers and conferred with the Assistant Secretary to the Army and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality over the whole year between the Supreme Court (Rapanos vs. Carabell) decision and the Guidance issuance.

The concurrent sessions on Friday will cover a host of relevant topics including Using Assessments
to Gauge Needs and Treatments, Making Conservation Buffers Work, The Technology Behind On-the-Ground Practices,
and Hot Resource Topics…including Ethanol and Cellulosic Production – Impacts on the Resource, 2007 Floods Coffeyville and beyond, and Floodplain Management.

A diverse slate of speakers is lined up to deliver the information all afternoon, said Christian.

Saturday’s format is set up for training and attendees will be able to acquire continuing education
credits in our Wetland, Stream and Riparian Area Sessions. Those include Stream Stabilization vs. Restoration, Riparian Area Restoration, Naturally Developed Parks and Urban Areas, and Rain Gardens and Other Bio-Retention Practices. Several key speakers to note are Ted Spaid, ASLA, CLARB, a principal and co-founder of SWT Design in St. Louis, Missouri. He will be talking about naturally developed parks and urban areas. Another is Robert E. Pitt, P.E., Ph.D., D. WRE, DEE, currently the Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems at the University of Alabama, and authority on urban best management practices.

KAWS works with local people to create, protect and restore Kansas’ wetland and stream resources.
Organized in 1996, KAWS is a 501.C.3. educational public charity reaching a broad spectrum of individuals, groups, and governments to improve the wetlands and streams they own or control.

KAWS provides its services through 12 local chapters that cover the entire state.

For more information on the conference speakers, agenda, sponsors and exhibitors, to register,
or to find out more about KAWS, go to
www.kaws.org, or call 785-425-7325.

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Our bus tours visiting farms with value added enterprises have been very popular. Our next bus tour will be Wednesday, August 23. Please mark this date on your calendar.

This bus tour will leave Lawrence in the morning and return in the late afternoon. We will visit five farms featuring value added enterprises including fresh produce, mushrooms, a subscription service, alpaca products, pastured poultry and a variety of berries and fruits. Thanks to Karen Pendleton for organizing this tour!

This bus tour is supported through a partnership with USDA’s Risk Management Agency. Details for the bus tour will sent to you later in July. The only charge will be for participants who purchase a box lunch during the tour.

I hope to join you on the bus on August 23!
Sincerely,

Jerry Jost
Kansas Rural Center

 

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Value Added Farm Bus Tour
June 26, 2007
Greetings!Our bus tours visiting farms with value added enterprises have been very popular. Our next bus tour will be Wednesday, August 23. Please mark this date on your calendar.
This bus tour will leave Lawrence in the morning and return in the late afternoon. We will visit five farms featuring value added enterprises including fresh produce, mushrooms, a subscription service, alpaca products, pastured poultry and a variety of berries and fruits. Thanks to Karen Pendleton for organizing this tour! This bus tour is supported through a partnership with USDA’s Risk Management Agency. Details for the bus tour will sent to you later in July. The only charge will be for participants who purchase a box lunch during the tour.
I hope to join you on the bus on August 23! Sincerely,

Jerry Jost
Kansas Rural Center
Click here to learn more about the Kansas Rural Center
 
 

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