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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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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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From The Lawrence Journal World June 14, 2007

Construction of a new 4,800-square-foot museum at Clinton Lake could begin this fall.

A preliminary design will be on display during an open house and fundraiser this weekend at the Wakarusa River Valley and Heritage Museum in Bloomington Park at Clinton Lake. The approximately $400,000 museum would be built nearby, according to its director, Martha Parker…..

more…

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun/14/open_house_help_fund_new_museum_lake/

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The latest newsletter is now digitally available in all it’s 12 page glory.

Many moons ago writing for a fall 2006 newsletter began. Somewhere along the way we decided that one big newsletter might be a manageable way to demonstrate the breadth of the organization. It took a while but we finally got the whole thing written, formatted, printed, folded, and addressed. Ideally we would have been able to send out many more copies but limited funds have meant limiting many things. Don’t let the January 2007 print date deter you from enjoying the contents of this impressive publication. It’s a keeper.

PS We could definitely use a hand getting the future newsletters produced. Contributions of elbow grease or dollars would be fantastic.

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The City of Lawrence sponsors WaterWise kits for area fourth graders who have completed a series of water conservation explorations. Teachers are provided with a curriculum set that leads students through an evaluation of their own water conservation practices. At the end of the project each student gets a WaterWise kit containing 10 resources for them to share with their families. Among the items are a high efficiency showerhead, a kitchen aerator, a bathroom aerator, a flow rate test bage, and an Adventures in Green Valley CD-Rom.

StreamLink visited with 60 some fourth graders at Hillcrest Elementary about Kansas’ WRAPS Program and source water protection. Students were especially interested in how the Kansas River and Clinton Lake are used for water supply. Last fall they completed a social studies unit on Kansas’ river systems and a science unit on the properties of water. A large foam-cored satellite map of the Wakarusa watershed remained at the school on loan for several weeks in order to provide teachers and students a chance to study it at length.

WRAPS groups may want to consider how classroom maps can augment their existing outreach strategies.

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Last weekend, in honor of Earth Day, several thousand people enjoyed a beautiful afternoon around the gazebo in Lawrence’s South Park. Amid music and moon walks, several dozen friends and neighbors shared their watery expertise through a series of fun-filled activities. Hundreds of people did everything from finding their watershed address on a giant map of Lawrence to running a storm water obstacle course, complete with pancake syrup oil and faux dog poo. The City of Lawrence provided souvenir backpacks for folks who made it through the entire loop of activities.

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4/11/07 Franklin County EARTH Festival
We worked an event at the fairgrounds in Ottawa today. It was cold, and rainy, but mostly cold. Somewhere around 140 blue-lipped, shivering 6th & 7th graders came through.

*There were a few rotations where the kids didn’t add in a stream channel and made a series of ponds and impoundments instead. This was new. I’m not sure what was different except that we used straight top soil, fresh from the bag… 7 -40lb bags straight from Dillons. It was granular (pebble/sandy sized pieces) and moist but still challenging to get it to hold a form. We sponge squeezed water onto the tables here and there and by the end of the day it was packing a little better. The cold really kept kids from going full force into the sculpting.

*The other noticeable difference in their approach is that there was a trend to focusing on each table as a unique community. Cooperation was happening in table groups as opposed to pairs of students or singletons. This happened in the groups of 15 or so. The larger groups of 25 were actually composites of students from 2 different schools. A couple of times this seemed to be a sore spot…the schools are set to be merged next year. However, I didn’t notice there being anything unusual about the way these groups functioned at the tables.

*The amount of workspace the students in the larger groups had was challenging. The tables were 6 ft, we used a T figuration. That’s 36 feet of frontage (6 ft + 2 ft + 3 ft + 6 ft + 2 ft+ 6 ft + 3 ft + 2 ft + 6 ft). The bigger the kids are the more frontage we need. The sets of 25 kids weren’t anywhere near as satisfying as the sets of 15ish kids. I guess a rule of thumb is to have at least 2 feet of frontage for middle school groups.

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