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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

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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Activity-Based Consequential Learning (by doing!)

Stan Herd Pollinator Stamp

At Pendleton’s Market “Pollination Station” celebration of crop artist Stan Herd’s USPS-66044 Swallowtail Stamp, we found a Freedom’s Frontier prescription (Rx) for Wes Jackson’s Eco-Futures description (Dx) of “vision without sight/site.” WakarUSAWatershedPollinationStation Pix

– Boardmember Bob Burkhart

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Pendleton’s Market Map to Pendleton’s
1446 E. 1850 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66046 Phone: 785-843-1409

 

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“Ancient Voices” by Ryan Stork

Generously commissioned by Boardmember Bob Burkhart

on behalf of the Kansas StreamLink Program

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VanGo logoVan Go Mobile Arts, Inc. is an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth, ages 14-21.

Using art as the vehicle, Van Go is devoted to delivering constructive activities to children at risk for drug and alcohol use, teen pregnancy, truancy or delinquency.

Founded in 1997 as an innovative way to help fill existing gaps in social services, Van Go has been a lifeline for hundreds of kids and teens in crisis.

Our Mission: To improve the lives of high-needs youth using art as the vehicle for self-expression, self-confidence, and hope for the future.

From http://www.kansascity.com Posted on Friday, Jul. 13, 2007

Army Corps closes Clinton Lake dam outlet after trash buildup

By The Associated Press

LAWRENCE | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today closed the Clinton Lake dam outlet to ward off fishermen.Officials said a rapid release of lake water has attracted more fish in the outlet on the dam’s east side. The corps is releasing 1,000 cubic feet of lake water per second, up from 21 cubic feet due to heavy rains.

The people who have come to take advantage of the plentiful fishing have also left more trash, said Jon Carlisle, ranger and natural resources specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Strategic Planning

Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 6:45 AM Thank you for using the Community Tool Box Ask an Advisor system to ask a question. You recently asked:

Hi! I’m working with a multi-agency group on water quality improvement. We have a strategic plan that identifies key problems and lays out 13 broad goals to address the problems. In 2005 a coordinator was hired to coordinate the implementation of the plan. She took another position at the end of 2006. The powers that be have agreed to update the original plan so that we have clearer measures of success and a bona fide “coordination strategy”. However, there’s a push to hire a new coordinator as soon as possible. Here’s my big question: would it be better to wait to hire a coordinator until after the plan is revised so we know what we need this person to coordinate or, to go ahead and hire a coordinator so s/he can be involved with revising the plan?

Our answer: When to revise a strategic plan is always a difficult judgment call. As often happens, there are competing priorities–all of which are quite important. One thing to consider is strength of leadership in the new coordinator. If you are recruiting a new coordinator that can develop the new plan, then you should hire the coordinator first. If however, you don’t think a new coordinator would be capable of doing this themselves, then you might want to get the plan done first. It sounds like what you should really do is to hire a local consultant to help sort through this complicated situation. Ask around among other agencies about who they use, and see what advice they might offer. Thanks for submitting such an important question to us. We wish you the best in your effort.

We hope this may help you in your community work. With best wishes, The Community Tool Box Team